The Halloween fat letter that one woman planned to give obese kids instead of candy may be a hoax. It was widely reported that one South Dakota woman intended to hand out insulting, fat-shaming letters to children whom she deemed too fat for candy. According to an Oct. 31, 2013 report by FOX 8 WGHP, it turns out that the letter may be fake.
The letter features a black and white image of a smiling Jack-o'-lantern along with the following message on festive orange paper:
Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor!
You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child"? I am disappointed in "the village" of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.
You [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season.
My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits
A woman who identified herself only as Cheryl phoned local radio station Y.94 claiming she planned to hand out the letters in lieu of candy on a case-by-case basis. She told the station, "I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just 'cause all the other kids are doing it."
Y.94 is the same station known for the hoax "Donna the Deer Lady," leading some people to theorize that the Halloween fat letter is also a hoax. Ninety-four percent of people who responded to an INFORUM poll believed the Halloween fat letter is a hoax.