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Town Cancels Halloween Amid Hunt for Fugitive

Eric Frein still on the loose in Pennsylvania
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2014 10:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – With accused cop killer Eric Frein still on the loose and presumably holed up in the nearby woods, a town in rural Pennsylvania has taken the unusual step of canceling Halloween festivities this year, reports ABC News. That means no trick-or-treating and no annual parade for Barrett Township. It's not just that residents fear for the safety of kids—they're also worried that Frein could take advantage of the night to grab a costume and escape the area. The town will instead organize an event at the local high school where people can hand out candy, reports NBC Philadelphia. Frein is accused of shooting to death one state trooper and wounding another on Sept. 12. Authorities tracking him have found various items in the woods, including a journal in which the shootings are discussed in "chilling" detail. (Read more Halloween stories.)

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