There is a Halloween Grinch trying to cancel Halloween in a small Canadian town by banning trick-or-treating for anyone over 16, and setting an early curfew for everyone!
The deputy mayor of the northern New Brunswick community says this controversial bylaw doesn’t reach far enough and wanted to lower the ban on anyone over 16-years-old from trick-or-treating to 14, and also include a curfew at 7:00pm!
Halloween doesn’t even get fun until NIGHT TIME- isn’t that the whole point? WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?! Is Stephen King’s IT roaming the streets? Something tells me this mayor is a big fan of Christmas…
One local Councillor thinks it’s outrageous but a lot of residents are actually on-board: “I wanted to demolish it altogether but I got outvoted,” Kim Chamberlain said in an interview, but I am happy we were able to at least make some modifications.” Of course talking about how they got the age to hold firm at 16 and got the curfew pushed back to 8:00pm.
The new rules – expected to pass third reading in early October – forbid anyone older than 16 from trick-or-treating and extends the curfew to 8 p.m.
Those caught with a “facial disguise” in public after curfew – like a zombie mask or witch’s veil – or anyone over 16 found roaming the streets for treats can be fined up to $200!
Chamberlain called it an overreach for city Councillors to impose Halloween rules, noting that homeowners can turn out their porch lights if they don’t want trick-or-treaters past a certain hour.
She said some parents work until 6 p.m. or later, and that they need time to make supper and get young children into costumes!
“At least we made some changes to accommodate parents who are working later so they at least have time to feed their children and dress them up before they go trick-or-treating,” Chamberlain said.
But she expressed concern about teens being questioned for dressing up or asking for candy.
“Some kids are tall,” she said. “My cousin’s son is 5-4 and 15 years old. What are we going to do, go up to him and ask him ‘How old are you’ and ‘Show me your ID? That doesn’t make sense.”
Bathurst city spokesman Luc Foulem admitted the rules are a bit “kooky” but said no one will actually be out running after kids on Halloween.
He said older residents were concerned about “troublemakers” and that the goal is to ensure public safety but no one has ever been fined under a city bylaw of this nature, he added.
The reason Bathurst’s Halloween bylaw was developed in the first place was because of a troubling rash of Halloween-late-night mischief.
Chamberlain said older kids were actually stealing candy from younger kids and bullying was getting out of hand, but that is something that should be dealt with by parents and police without a specific bylaw hindering the whole city’s Halloween spirit!
So, now you know which city NOT to spend the most SPOOK-tacular night of the year in.