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You just came home from [[AllHallowsEve trick-or-treating]]. You pour out your candy all over the floor, looking over your hoard.

"Now, now, eat something healthy first. How about that apple [[MeaningfulName Mr.]] [[CorruptHick Hick]] gave you?"

Sighing, you take a bite into the apple, only to discover that there's something painful in your bite! You spit it out to discover that the apple's full of razor blades!

A trope common in UrbanLegend, this is when [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink someone puts something sharp, pointy, or just unpleasant into someone's food]]. Common objects to put in are pins, needles, and razor blades. Note that this is ''not'' just for Halloween candy; this applies to all foods equally, but gifts tend to be prevalent.

Named for one of the major examples; apples filled with razor blades.

It should be noted that there has ''never'' been a recorded straight instance of this happening; the WorldWarII example below aside, it is ''entirely'' an UrbanLegend. There ''are'' documented cases of persons attempting to invoke this trope, however.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In the first arc of ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', [[CuteAndPsycho Rena]] gives Keiichi a box of rice balls. The first one he bites into contains a sewing needle. [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator But not really.]] It's actually Tabasco sauce, but Keiichi's escalating paranoia has started screwing with his ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and the viewer's]]) perceptions.]]
* In ''ILuvHalloween'', Finch fills an apple with razor blades after he and his friends were cheated out of their candy. He gives the apple to a cop. The result isn't pretty.
* In ''OnePiece'', [[VitriolicBestBuds Zoro and Sanji]] get into one of their usual fights. In an attempt to prove himself stronger than Sanji, Zoro states that if Sanji (the TeamChef) put blades and poison in his (Zoro's) food, he would be able to eat it without problems. WordofGod is that Sanji actually did it, and Zoro did eat it without problems.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* One of the stories in ''[[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Halloween: 30 Years Of Terror]]'' had Michael put razor blades in candy, ForTheEvulz.
* ''Odd is on Our Side'', a graphic novel based off the OddThomas series by Dean Koontz, has a miserly man sick of trick-or-treaters trampling his garden pass out candy laced with corn cockle seeds (a Class IV toxin). One kid dies. The worst part? The candy laced with said seeds: candy hearts, purchased on the cheap after Valentine's Day. He was such a bastard he didn't even poison ''good'' candy.
* Parodied in a ''SamAndMax'' comic when the duo find an entire razor sticking out of a kid's apple.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', when John gets locked up in prison, an inmate attempts to spike his food with ground glass. Tables get turned, but God? only knows how. Results are messy.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The original ''Film/NightOfTheDemons'' featured a frame story of this. A cranky old man is angered by children, and comes home on Halloween with a bag full of apples and razor blades. The final scene involved the old man sitting down for a breakfast of apple pie made by his wife. He only asks her after taking a few bites where she got the apples...
** Of course, FridgeLogic says that to make apple pie, you have to slice the apples.
*** Of course, there's also FridgeBrilliance in that's how the wife found out and ''deliberately'' left the razors in there.
* In ''Film/TrickRTreat'', the SerialKiller principle puts poison in some of his candy. There's also CreepyChild Sam, who uses a razor-chocolate bar as a weapon in one scene.
** Also, as a nod to this trope, [[spoiler: when Mr Kreeg falls down the stairs, they're littered with hypodermic needles, straight pins, shards of glass, razor blades and candy]].
* In ''Film/{{Candyman}},'' during her first exploration of the "shrine" to Candyman at Cabrini Green, Helen finds a small heap of chocolates on the floor; one of them is found to contain a razor blade.
* In ''HalloweenII1981'', a trick-or-treater and his mom are shown arriving at the emergency room of the hospital where the action of the film takes place. The boy has a razor blade stuck into his gums between his front teeth; presumably it got there when he bit into an apple.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', third book, Thomas bites into an apple with a razor blade in it.
* In ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive,'' Paul Lazzaro boasts about killing a dog by feeding it a steak with razor-sharp pieces of a spring
* In ''TheGhostSquad and the Halloween Conspiracy'', the eponymous group of ghosts has to deal with a man trying to sabotage his brother's political campaign by spiking Halloween chocolates with rusty phonograph needles.
* In Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's novel ''{{Rant}}'', the main character's mother puts things like ceramic beads and tacks in all the food she cooks so that the people who are eating it have to eat it very slowly and carefully, and thus actually get a chance to enjoy the flavor, not just wolf it down.
* In ''HarryPotter'', Hagrid's cooking is a bit questionable, Harry found a talon in his casseroles.
* Played with in Creator/JRRTolkien's novella ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'': for the Feast of Good Children, a Great Cake is baked full of toys and prizes (like the "gatteau de roi" mentioned below in the Real Life section). One prize is a strange little star. Young Smith gets it in his slice of cake and swallows it, which later allows him to travel to Faery.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* In the beginning of the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "War Stories," the crew is indulging in a box of fresh apples Jayne bought for them, when Kaylee asks Zoe why she always cuts them with a knife instead of biting in. She relates a story from the war, where the Alliance and Independent armies had a standoff, got to talking, and the Independents mentioned they had no food. The Alliance soldiers tossed over apples--which had "Griswold" grenades in them and before anyone realized it, "[[YourHeadAsplode there's three guys just kind of end at the ribcage]]."
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Goes Home Again," Paul Gilstrap planned to use poisoned Neptune candy bars to [[SerialKillingsSpecificTarget cover the murder of his wife]]. Unfortunately, his employer caught him putting the poison back, which meant that the police would connect him to any tetrachlorodrine poisoning deaths, and he had to get all of the candy bars he had poisoned out of circulation. He failed to get one from an armored car driver who had purchased it and already taken a bite. Since Gilstrap knew that the poison was quick-acting, he caught up to the driver just before he collapsed from the poisoning. Gilstrap then grabbed the dying driver's gun and shot him five times at point-blank range, thinking the police would not do a toxicology on a shooting victim. Except Adrian finds a dead pigeon outside Gilstrap's house hours later while trick-or-treating with Julie.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie and Elliot are attempting to teach Parker the art of persuasion. She is told to persuade Elliot to give up his apple for her orange. She does so by claiming to have put a razor blade in the apple, just as Elliot takes a bite out of it, causing him to spit it out.
* There was an episode of ''TheCommish'' where someone was giving out poisoned candy, so the title Commish had his son go out trick-or-treating, which they then tested one piece at a time as it was gotten. Turned out it was a neighbor of the Commish's.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' did an episode where a man dies from razor blades in Halloween candy, in a supremely gory fashion.
* A ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episodes had the psycho of the week place LSD and Rohypnol laced sweets into the bank candy bowl. Victims had psychotics episodes of rage, which they would subsequently have completely no memory of.
* In the ''FreaksAndGeeks'' Halloween episode, the geeks discuss some of the foreign objects rumored to be hidden in the candy, including razors and pins, heroin, rat hair, and excrement. Later in the episode, Mrs. Weir attempts to hand out homemade cookies and is angrily rebuffed by another mom, who refuses to let her kids accept unwrapped treats due to the possibility of tampering.
* In the ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' episode "Terror", Eddie and Richie get razor apples while out trick or treating. When Eddie questions why the razor blades are there, Richie tells him it's a "Halloween tradition".


[[folder: Music ]]

* [[Music/InsaneClownPosse A couple of well-known rapping clowns]] seem to [[AuthorAppeal love]] this trope when mentioning Halloween. Check out "Mr. Rotten Treats" and "Halloween on Military Street" to name a couple.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* In Martin [=McDonagh's=] ''ThePillowman'', a little girl is found dead after having an apple filled with razor blades shoved down her throat. Unfortunately for the protagonist, an author living in an unidentified [[{{Dystopia}} totalitarian state]], this is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines ripped from the text]] of one of his stories.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'''s [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/All-Hallow%27s_Steve All-Hallow's Steve]] is that world's AnthropomorphicPersonification of this trope. Naturally, you can only fight him on Halloween, during the trick-or-treating event.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'': The story book ''Carrie Careless and the Galette des Rois'' tells of one particularly nasty ''subversion'', where it isn't the eponymous Carrie swallowing/biting down on the object that is painful or deadly, but rather [[spoiler:Carrie's best friend having to ''cut the object - actually a misplaced key - out of her stomach'']] as the story's horrific conclusion. [[DerangedAnimation It's even creepier than it sounds]].


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Unsurprisingly, ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1332#comic got in on the act]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** An episode has the police x-raying the kids Halloween candy and finding [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking razors, syringes, and...white chocolate]], to which Chief Wiggum cringes at in disgust.
** Another episode has a metallic piece of cereal (which also has sharp, jagged edges) in Bart's Krusty-Os. A particularly nasty case of appendicitis results.
* Sniffles is forced to eat one in ''HappyTreeFriends''.
* [[JailBake Although the objects were intended to be helpful,]] sometimes Burger Beagle of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' would eat Ma Beagle's cooking before checking it for nail files or grenades.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The WWII [=POW=] autobiography ''The [[TheAlcatraz Colditz]] Story'' relates how the clique of prisoners referred to as the '[[{{Determinator}} Men of Spirit]]' spent the little time they didn't devote to escape attempts stuffing the rotten vegetables in the kitchen waste full of old razor blades, since it was taken out of the camp to be used as pigswill in the surrounding farms. Since the German authorities regarded this as sabotage, punishable by death, this was a risky pastime.
* There are only two instances of children actually dying from eating candy that was tampered with; in both cases, [[OffingTheOffspring the victims died at the hands of their own families]]. An eight year old boy died after eating Pixy Stix that had been laced with cyanide; however, it turned out that the poisoned candy had been planted in his trick-or-treat bag by his own father, who also gave a few pieces of tampered candy to his daughter as well as three other children in order to [[InvokedTrope cover his tracks]] so that he could collect on the life insurance (thankfully, neither the daughter, nor any of the other kids ate the candy).
** In another case, a five year old child lapsed into a coma and died after getting into his uncle's stash of illegal drugs and consuming a lethal dose of heroin. The child's family sprinkled some of his Halloween candy with heroin in an attempt to invoke this trope as a cover-up; it didn't work. Both cases are [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp discussed]] on ''[[{{WebSite/Snopes}} Snopes.com]]'' as well as other cases which were initially thought to involve Halloween poisonings. The presence of foreign objects in candy, including needles, has occasionally been shown as true, but only in isolated cases.
* [[YouCanPanicNow Fear of this happening]] causes some communities to go to extremes like x-raying the kids' candy. Of course, some parents choose for a more low-tech solution like not letting the kids eat anything that's clearly homemade and making sure none of the store-bought candy looks like it's been tampered with.
* In Newfoundland, Canada, it was a common practice for people celebrating Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) to put items in the pancakes -- usually coins, but sometimes thimbles, rings, or needles. Obviously this necessitates eating the pancake very carefully -- you don't want to bite into a coin, not to mention the needle.
* Similarly to the above, for Epiphany/the Feast of the Three Kings in France, it is the custom to bake a cake called the galette/gâteau des rois, with a trinket or bean in it, with whoever finds it getting to be "king for the day." You need to be careful eating the cake, however, because the "fève" (the aforementioned generally-porcelain trinket, after the French word for "bean") can make your teeth hurt a lot if you bite on it.
* NYPD was seriously considering cancelling trick or treating in 2001 due to the instances of people receiving Anthrax in the mail. One spokesman said that they didn't have time to examine all the Pixie sticks that are given out that night.
* There have also been reported cases of [[http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cheese.asp dog treats laced with poison or sharp objects littered around dog parks]] but more cases are reported than found true, and often it's the result of dogs eating poisoned bait set for vermin animals or small animals that were killed by the bait. This has led to increased regulations regarding the use of poisoned bait for pest control.