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Adamsville bans trick-or-treating? Not so fast

The City of Adamsville posted a “ban” on door-to-door trick-or-treating via the emergency alert system Nixle Wednesday afternoon due to widespread storm damage and hazards in the community.
However, Adamsville City Administrator Steve Simon subsequently clarified that the ban is more a “strong suggestion.”
A new Nixle message was soon sent urging that everyone “refrain” from going door-to door on the holiday in the city.
Simon said police won’t be apprehending trick-or-treaters going door-to-door, but they should expect to be approached by officers and strongly encouraged to stop due to safety concerns.
He noted that Adamsville is hosting a safe “Trunk-or-Treat” event Thursday in cooperation with local businesses, individuals and organizations. It starts at 6 p.m. at Adamsville City Park, also known as Buford Pusser Memorial Park.
“A society is only as good as it cares for its oldest and youngest citizens and keeps them safe, and that’s what this is about,” Simon said.
“We’ve got trees down everywhere, it’s hard for emergency vehicles to maneuver and get to areas if something happens and they need to reach someone in distress, and we’ve got power lines down on the ground everywhere, and crews are trying to restore power. Can anyone out walking around be absolutely certain that the power line they’re walking over hasn’t been energized?” he added.
“Are we going to be arresting people for doing it, for going trick-or-treating door-to-door? No. But we are very strongly advising folks not to,” Simon said, “because it’s just not a good idea because with the conditions, we can’t ensure safety. Come to Trunk-or-Treat, it will be safe, and kids will get plenty of candy.”

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