Teen girl given a ziplock bag full of drugs instead of lollies when out trick-or-treating with friends.

Ellie Hawes was horrified when her 13-year-old daughter returned from her candy hunt around Blackalls Park on the NSW Central Coast on Tuesday evening.

‘We both instantly knew what they were and that it was not right. She was very frightened,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I felt sick to my stomach that someone would give drugs to a teenager like this.’

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Ms Hawes said after initially being told by police it would be ‘too expensive’ to look into the incident and to flush the drugs down the toilet, they were now investigating.

Inspector Paul Battley said there were no other reports of children being handed medication, but police were concerned about what was in them.

‘Upon reviewing the case police commenced an investigation and are treating the matter very seriously,’ he said.

Ms Hawes said: ‘A police officer came back this afternoon and questioned my daughter and she indicated on a map the location they walked. They also seized the medication as I didn’t “flush” it.’

The concerned mother said her daughter and several friends walked around four streets near their home holding out pillow cases for residents to drop lollies into.

The drugs were not discovered until her daughter emptied the pillow case and she didn’t know which house they came from.

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‘I am hoping it was just a mistake by maybe an elderly person. Can’t be taken lightly though because it could very well have made a child sick,’ she said.

Ms Hawes warned other parents on community Facebook, and one commenter said the pills looked like over-the-counter and prescription medication.

‘A valuable lesson learned no matter how responsible our teens are it’s way to easy to become complacent. I won’t make the same mistake twice,’ she said.

Previously we shared that a bag of methamphetamine was found in a child’s Halloween trick-or-treat lolly bag in the US. READ THAT STORY HERE.

Did your kids get any surprises trick or treating?

Share your comments below.

  • I have seen adults with children to mid teens but they often stay on the footpath if the kids are early teens instead of going to the door with them. Who knows !! People could have arranged for the drugs to be collected at another house the children were to visit or find themselves with unwelcome visitors later.


  • Very scary indeed !
    I wonder what the motives where to put this in a trick or treat bag ? surely this must be quite expensive whether it are presciption drugs or recreational methamphines… Or if it maybe comes from an elderly person who is forgetful ?


  • This flood of stories doesn’t make me any keener on Halloween!


  • Incredible. What a pity the girl doesn’t remember from which house it came. I wonder if she was the only one getting it in the neighbourhood. Very scary indeed.


  • You poor mumma, how scary this must have been for you. Very lucky your daughter didnt start eating them as candy.
    I do think as times change we need to discuss alot more with our younger children then we previously had to.
    This is definetly hard to comment on, i dont know your town- it could be small like mine or it could be in the city. Your daughter may be more mature then others so i dont think its right to comment as to whether she should have had adult supervision.
    I know when i took my son (5 yrs) i watched as everything went in the bucket.
    I guess the biggest thing is who put them in the bucket, why did they do it, what was their resson behind doing so,
    I too hope that it was a mistake from an elderly person, but going by the pic above- being in a mini zip lock bag- i don’t feel many elederly would use that: dextrous abilities to open bag.


  • The initial response by police was a bit pathetic. But I also wouldn’t let 13 year olds go trick or treating without an adult. Halloween just brings out way too many crazies.


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