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Killeen Residents Upset Over Halloween Curfew

by Sara Talbert

KILLEEN- It could be an early night on Halloween for trick-or-treaters in Central Texas.

The City of Killeen has established a city-wide curfew for Halloween but some residents say it's too early.

In Killeen, trick-or-treaters can go house to house from six to eight p.m. But residents say those times are confusing for trick-or-treaters because it's a recommendation, not a city law.

Kids under the age of 18 have to be indoors by 11 p.m. but residents are upset because they think Halloween should be the same. Killeen Police say the reason they established "Halloween hours" for the city to protect children and they say it's getting darker earlier.

There will be protests of the so-called curfew tomorrow at the Killeen City Council meeting. One resident tells News Channel 25 the word curfew confuses people. She says many people quit handing out candy and trick-or-treating at eight p.m. but technically, the festivities can continue until curfew at 11.

"I think that it's insulting to parents to say you don't know when to bring your own children in, you don't know where to go out with your children or let you children go out with a group of older kids," said Tristan Weer.

"If there's a curfew already set by the city, then that should be the curfew for the Halloween night too," said Lorie O'Millian.

The City of Killeen says this is a recommended curfew. Tickets will not be handed out for those who are out past eight p.m. but curfew will be enforced at 11.

There is a Halloween carnival at the Killeen Special Events Center Halloween night from six to nine. Police say it's a safer alternative to trick-or-treating.

 

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