Scared City Leaders Call for Daytime Trick-or-Treating

People are so scared in one Massachusetts town that trick-or-treat time is being moved up to late afternoon in order to keep kids safe.

So what are they afraid of? Mosquitoes. More specifically, they're afraid of Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE.

That's why trick-or-treating will take place on October 31st between 4:30 and 6 pm.

“The 6:00 pm end time will ensure that activities can be finished before dusk to address any concerns about mosquito exposure,” said Methuen Mayor James Jajuga in a statement. “The City is acting out of an abundance of caution to ensure that children can enjoy Halloween safely.”

This weekend's cold snap may change plans. Below-freezing temps killed off much of the mosquito population, but the early trick-or-treat time may remain as a precaution.

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