The Grinch no longer lives in Whoville; the holiday-hater has moved to Bathurst, New Brunswick and set his sights on Halloween. The town plans on enforcing restrictions that forbid anyone over the age of 14 from Trick ‘r Treating, plus a strict 7 PM curfew after which wearing masks or make-up of any kind could land you a $200 fine (and those are Canadian dollars!).
But isn’t the Grinch’s heart supposed to grow? Apparently, the mayor of Bathurst, Kim Chamberlain, supports a resolution to loosen these puritanical restrictions. This year, hopefully, they’ll be raising the cut-off age to 16-years and allowing revelers to stay out until 8 PM. Still sounds like a Kindergarten party to me!
The ban was originally enacted after a night filled with more tricks than treating when older children were found snatching sugary loot from younger ones. Now, breaking the new rules comes at a pretty price: There’s a $200 fine, including for those found wearing “facial coverup” such as skeleton face paint or a vampire veil after curfew. Bathurst city spokesman Luc Foulem told The Guardian that the aim of the “kooky” restrictions is to ensure public safety and said no one has actually been fined under the bylaws.
If you’re planning on partying hard this Halloween, just make sure you don’t find yourself in Bathurst!
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