No ‘tricks’ reported on Halloween night

Jennifer Ruth, Special to The County
17 years ago
    HOULTON, Maine — Ghosts, goblins and cartoon characters went from house to house last Wednesday looking for treats from area residents. One thing that they didn’t come across were tricks.
    Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin began his first Houlton Halloween watch early in the evening and he said he was extremely pleased with how well the public behaved.
“There was a report of kids trying to break a street light out, but the officer got there and the light was not broken,” explained Chief Asselin. “That was it. Other than that there were no reported acts of vandalism.”
Chief Asselin said he was concerned about the Gateway Pedestrian Bridge, however, once the lights came on, he felt sure that nothing would happen, and he was right.
“We had no acts of vandalism down there,” he explained. “Everybody behaved quite well. It was unremarkably calm.”
Halloween is typically the time of year when vandals roam the town in search of a place to strike. The Houlton Police Department had several patrols on watch throughout the neighborhoods and downtown.
Asselin said High Street received a fair amount of traffic of trick-or-treaters and he said there were no incidents of any kind reported throughout the evening.
“It was really quiet,” he said. “There were a lot of kids out and they were having a good time.”