Parents concerned with safety of trick-or-treaters

Creepy clown sightings and food allergies among their concerns

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Parents may be even more concerned than usual about properly protecting their children on Halloween night. Fewer children will go out into the night without their parents close by.

Agawam resident Catherine Marcil told 22News that she will stay close to her 9-year-old when they go through their neighborhood on Halloween night. “I don’t want him to be scared,” she explained. “Especially with everything that’s happening in the news. But also I don’t want him to get hurt.”

Scott Bradley also expressed concerns with current events. “Whether it’s the current situation with the scary clowns out there accosting kids, we want to be with our kids because we want it to be a fun time for them.”

Trick-or-treaters will enjoy a different option at many homes this year. Anyone with a teal pumpkin will offer children with food allergies a small toy instead of candy.

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