Pet the tortoise eat the candy

It was Spooktacular this weekend at Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo, which is about a 2-minute drive from our house (because it’s in Kansas).

We splurged on the Wicked Witch of the West costume for Sorenne (right, exactly as shown) and used our year-long family pass for a discounted candy grab.

The purple pail quickly filled with treats and many of the kids were digging in as they entered a small pavilion where a volunteer was encouraging children – many of whom were eating candy – to pet a couple of tortoises.
There were no handwashing facilities or sanitizer dispensers at this particular pavilion.

I said petting a tortoise while actively or about to eat candy was a bad idea.

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A former professor of food safety and the publisher of, Powell is passionate about food, has five daughters, and is an OK goaltender in pickup hockey. Download Doug’s CV here. Dr. Douglas Powell editor, retired professor, food safety 3/289 Annerley Rd Annerley, Queensland 4103 61478222221 I am based in Brisbane, Australia, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time