I suppose while Halloween was approaching, podcasters felt it necessary to cover more grim “spooky” subjects and, naturally, some involve children.
Trick: Children often claim Halloween as their favorite holiday. And it’s not just because of the candy, but the opportunity to be social outside the family unit and play a little make-believe while faking out the evil spirits. One of the most popular tropes is to check one’s candy because there are a lot of creeps out there wanting to harm children. This idea got a hold of the public imagination several decades ago and is still with us. But the interesting thing is: the evidence for this simply does not hold up. One of the most level-headed podcasters is Tim Harford who covers this subject on his Cautionary Tales.
A Real Monster: On the podcast Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know, the hosts interview a guest Matt Graves who, while living in Belgium in the 1990s, became obsessed with the case of mass child abduction taking place there naturally terrifying many parents. There were so many twists and turns in the case that he created a podcast series in order to cover the important details. Sure, those willing to harm children are few and far between but the problem is: those few can operate on an industrial scale.