From razors hidden apples to creepy clowns terrorizing neighborhoods, Halloween is the holiday full of creepy urban legends. PBS explores these bizarre tales in two episodes of their new digital series, Origin of Everything.
Poison Halloween Candy
Every year around Halloween, we hear the same concern: you gotta check the candy for poison because strangers put laxatives in Tootsie Rolls, Razor Blades in Apples and heroine in Snickers. But is this trick or treat dilemma an actual reality or just a clever way for your parents to steal your candy? The truth is out there (and by out there we mean in the episode that you should definitely watch).
We all know that 1980s horror movies like IT and Killer Klowns from Outer Space led to the cultural phenomenon of “scary clown,” did you know the reality is much deeper than that? From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to 19th Century England, clowns have always been around to bring a little chaos. And the truth is, up until the late 1800s they were NEVER for kids. So while Pennywise might be back in the terrifying new IT remake, the truth is terrifying killer clowns are nothing new. Which frankly is even scarier.