It’s trick-or-treat time, when kids dress up and often go to a complete stranger’s house to ask for candy.
Considering 80 percent of all abducted children are taken within a quarter mile of their homes and even though parents typically talk to their children about stranger danger, what happens when they put on their costumes? How well do our children remember these important lessons?
With so much attention paid to getting that perfect scary look and scouting out the best neighborhood to trick-or-treat in, it’s easy for safety to be an afterthought.
Now Coby Persin -- the man behind the Facebook friend experiments that lured young girls to meet with boys they didn’t know, and pulled in 40 million views -- has devised this latest test of kids’ safety sense: using parents willing to bring their costume-clad children to a Brooklyn home.
With cameras rolling, kids excited for a night of fun candy collecting eagerly hit up their first house.
They’re greeted by Persin, posing as a homeowner, who tells them to come inside to get their candy. And as if they’ve never been given the stranger danger warning, they tumble in.
Another group eagerly walks down to the basement.
Coby asks as they run downstairs, “Hey, who likes Snickers?”
But the realization of what they’ve just done can be seen on their faces as Coby says, “There is no candy.”
Then the lights drop on cue, and a masked man emerges from behind a basement door. The children scream, running for the stairs, only to find their exit blocked by another man in a mask at the top of the stairs.
Their mothers now rush through the front door, truly horrified.
“What were you thinking? You just come into this house?” demands one mother on the verge of tears.
Another can barely contain her fury.
“That he’d bring you to a basement? For a piece of candy? He could have killed you!” the devastated mother said.
With all of Persin's social luring experiment videos getting 51 million views, it looks like parents are using these as a jumping off point to keep the safety conversation going.