Oct 30, 2014 1:34 PM

Halloween canceled as police continue manhunt

The Associated Press

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) There won't be any trick-or-treating in the northeastern Pennsylvania area where authorities continue searching for a suspect accused of killing a state trooper.

Officials in rural Barrett Township canceled Friday's Halloween ritual and the 50th anniversary of its beloved parade because of the police manhunt for Eric Frein (freen).

But kids did get to "trunk-or-treat" last weekend. The tailgate party held at a school parking lot included candy, a costume contest and car trunks decorated for the spooky holiday.

Organizers say hundreds of children attended. Still, Halloween parade chairwoman Betty Oppelt says the community is missing a major tradition this year.

Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Trooper Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.


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