Sometimes Halloween really is scary – and we’re not just talking about costumes. The following stories range from disturbing to downright bizarre.
1. Cookie Monster Stabbed
A man dressed in a Cookie Monster costume was stabbed on Halloween 2016 while trying to break up a fight in Times Square, according to the Daily Beast. A man dressed up as a Native American was fighting with a man dressed as a Tuskegee Airman (a WWII-era black military pilot) costume, who found the Native American costume offensive.
According to the New York Post, 24-year-old Christopher Ramos was stabbed by the airman-clad man. He suffered a lacerated spleen in the attack.
2. Cyanide Pixie Stix
Ronald Clark O'Bryan was nicknamed “The Candy Man” and “The Man Who Killed Halloween” for killing his own 8-year-old son Timothy on Halloween in 1974. He had given his child “one last piece of candy,” a Pixie Stix laced with cyanide, at the end of the holiday. Less than an hour later, Timothy was dead.
At first, the poisoning was blamed on a mysterious stranger handing out cyanide candy to trick-or-treaters. O'Bryan even gave cyanide-laced candy to his daughter and three other children to try to add merit to the stranger story. Thankfully, those four children didn’t eat the candy but it set the small Texas town (and the nation) into a panic, according to Chron.
O’Bryan was found guilty of murder and was executed in 1984 as reported by The Dispatch. He had taken out life insurance policies on his children before the incident, and he was $100,000 in debt.
3. Egging Argument
On Halloween night 1998, teens threw a few eggs at a car. What could have started out as typical mischief soon turned to tragedy. Karl Jackson, a 21-year-old data entry clerk at Morgan Stanley was in the car when it was bombarded with eggs. According to the New York Times, Jackson, who was described as quiet, got out of the car and an argument ensued. He sat back down, and 17-year-old Curtis Sterling shot him in the head.
Every October, Sterling reportedly receives a Halloween card in the mail from Jackson’s mother. The cards read: "I'm glad you're still there,” according to the New York Times.
4. Man Mistakes Cousin For Real Skunk...
... And he shot her. Pennsylvania man Thomas Grant accidentally shot his 9-year-old cousin with a shotgun at a Halloween party in 2012 after he mistook her for a real skunk. The girl was sporting a skunk costume, wearing all black with a white tassel down the middle, for the occasion.
Grant avoided jail by pleading no contest to charges of reckless endangerment and misdemeanor simple assault. According to Gawker, a toxicology report revealed that he wasn’t drunk or on drugs at the time of the shooting. The girl survived and had to go surgery to repair internal organs and her spine.
5. "Clown" Chases Cars
A Tennessee married mother of three was arrested on Halloween 2016 for wearing circus makeup and chasing cars. According to the arrest warrant, Candie Kreidel chased after cars and jumped in and out of traffic while partially naked and wearing “a stocking cap on her head."
When police arrived at her home she smelled of alcohol, according to an arrest document cited by The Leaf Chronicle. She waqs “wearing a sports bra, pajama pants, a stocking cap and clown makeup" on her face and body. The 37-year-old also allegedly called 911 and swore at dispatchers.
6. Wrong party
A Japanese exchange student living in Baton Rouge got shot to death on Halloween 1992 after ringing the doorbell of the wrong house. According to Japan Today, Yoshihiro Hattori and the son of his host family were trying to go to a party. When they thought they arrived, they rang the bell. There was no answer so they began walking back to their car, preparing to leave. The owner of the house, Rodney Peairs, opened the door. At that point, Hattori said, "we're here for the party." Peairs responded by shooting Hattori in the chest, killing him.
Peairs said he found Hattori scary, and he feared for his life. He was later acquitted of manslaughter.