Several police departments increasing patrols on night before Halloween

Franklin County

Homeowners have to be on the lookout for mischief on the night before Halloween.

Mischief Night is an informal holiday in which some teens might step over the line. If they’re not careful, they could end up in trouble with the police.

It’s the night before Halloween and the Southwick Police Department will be on the lookout for trouble-makers and vandalism.

October 30 is known as Mischief Night, where some teens play pranks and commit vandalism.

Southwick Police Chief Kevin Bishop told 22News, “It was a lot of vandalism and destruction done, with basically egg throwing and toilet papering.”

Some teens have knocked over a construction site’s porta-potty.

While malicious destruction of property under $250 is a misdemeanor, it could land you in jail for up to two and half years. Malicious destruction over $250 is a felony carrying a state prison sentence.

“We’re putting a couple of extra officers out there, also, just to try to respond to those type of calls and be a deterrent and be visible,” said Chief Bishop.

A family’s annual Halloween display of pumpkins has been a staple in the Southwick neighborhood for 37 years. Mischief kids mostly tend to respect it, except for one time.

Clayton Cigal Jr. of Southwick told 22News, “I think it was just a freak thing. Some kids smashed a few in the road. We’ve been pretty lucky.”

East Longmeadow and Springfield police told 22News Mischief night, is a not a big problem for them these days, but it was 10-years-ago.

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