Thumb tack found in Halloween chocolate bar

PHOTO: Toronto Police Service

Local police are warning people to double-check their Halloween candy after parents of a local child found a thumb tack in a chocolate bar.

The parents, who live in the Upper Beach near Woodbine Avenue and Eastwood Road, found the thumb tack on Monday night when they were checking their child’s Halloween loot bag. No injuries were reported.

In a Facebook post, mother Dawn Chapman said the bar wrapper had a half-moon shaped tear, suggesting the tack was pressed in through the wrapper. The family had been trick-or-treating along Eastwood, Highcroft, Bowmore and Wreson Roads.

Elsewhere in Ontario, a grandmother in Kawartha Lakes and a 10-year-old girl in Thorold called police after finding finishing nails inside Halloween chocolates. Teens in Thorold, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Niagara-on-the-Lake reported finding chocolates with razor or pencil-sharpener blades.

Toronto police are investigating the thumb tack case, and ask parents to always thoroughly check candy received at Halloween.

Anyone with information is asked to phone 55 Division police at 416-808-5500, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Tips can also be sent online at, by texting TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637), or by leaving a tip on the 55 Division Facebook page.

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