New Brunswick — Not a treat, and sadly not a trick: The East Coast province’s youth will need to be extra efficient in their candy-gathering this year due to a change in the Halloween curfew time. New Brunswick RCMP spokesperson Gina Williams and Premier Brian Gallant informed reporters that the new curfew will be in effect to “provide ease of mind to parents and law officials that their children won’t be out past dark and in potentially dangerous situations.”
“Children can wear their costumes to school and start trick-or-treating on their walk back from the bus stop,” said Williams at Monday’s press conference at the Regent Mall in Fredericton, where people shopping for candy and costumes stopped to watch, at first thinking the gathered press was another misguided attempt at a Fredericton flash mob.
“We received many complaints that in 2013 older kids were out late loitering and scaring children. We need to make sure that people aren’t too afraid to celebrate this national day of revelry. What’s more, with Halloween falling on a Friday this year, the likelihood of drunk adults stumbling around is very high, and we don’t want them harassing trick-or-treaters,” explained Gallant to an increasingly disenchanted crowd.
This announcement has unsurprisingly sparked outrage in parents and revellers alike.
“I work until 4:30; how am I supposed to take my kids trick-or-treating when they’re waiting at school for me to pick them up?” shouted an enraged Toby Sarchfield in answer to the announcement. “I’m sure as hell not hiring a babysitter to stuff my kids’ face with candy and pocket half for themselves!” he added, ripping open his box of snack-sized Cadbury chocolates and shoving some sweet, succulent comfort food down his gullet.
“This sucks so hard, my friends and I go trick-or-treating every year. It’s not fair that other teenagers ruin it for the rest of us,” said Grade 12 student Ben Matthews, scratching the sparse peach fuzz on his face in annoyance. “What are we supposed to do now? We only get off school at 3:30. Not young enough to have fun, too young to drink? I’m not going to another stupid sock-hop.”
Anyone found going door to door past 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 will be fined a minimum of $100, up to a maximum of $500 depending on the number of children in their group and the amount of effort put into the costumes, with smaller fines for more creative families.