For some reason, parents in suburban Sacramento got suspicious when they started seeing this van around town.
The white van, with "Free Candy" hastily painted across it and foreboding hand prints dragged across the windowless back end, brought in many calls and cell phone pictures to local news channels.
And it was CBS Sacramento that finally cracked the case:
Lawrence Bellow, 12, snapped a photo on his cellphone of the suspicious van parked outside his home.
"It looked too fake to be true, but I didn't want to get a closer look for sure," he said. "I was kind of nervous about it; I didn't know what was going on so I just wanted to get evidence in case anything happened."
He had a gut feeling the white van with blacked out windows and no license plate could be trouble.
His mother first noticed it at Walmart yesterday, then came home to find it parked on her street.
"It had handprints in red and it almost looked like—I think it was supposed to look like blood honestly; it just looked like the handprints were dripping down," she said. "It just felt like they were trying to track kids and it just gave me a creepy feeling."
Other concerned neighbors snapped photos of the van driving around; one shows it alongside a school bus.
They made some calls and found out the truth — the van was headed to Burning Man.
Luckily, children knew never to trust damn hippies.