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No set time for candy collecting, but curfews are in effect

I would like to know if there is a designated trick-or-treat time enforced in Medford. I have lived in other cities around the country in which city ordinances are in place to deter people from trick-or-treating too late in the evening.

— Nick M., Medford

Medford does not enforce a strict trick-or-treat time frame per se, Nick, but the city does ask that parents and candy-hungry kids use common sense when donning costumes and pillaging the neighborhoods for Skittles and candy bars.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said normal curfews will be enforced tonight. Medford's curfew is midnight to 4 a.m. for anyone under age 18 who is not in the company of a parent or guardian.

"We don't treat Halloween night any differently," Hansen said. "We just want people to have fun and be safe."

Hansen said the city asks that trick-or-treaters begin their rounds at dusk and continue to no later than 10 p.m.

"We think 10 p.m. is late enough," Hansen said. "You probably shouldn't be knocking on other people's doors anytime after that."Hansen asks that trick-or-treaters only approach houses with front lights shinning.

"Be courteous," he said. "Some people might not want to participate in Halloween or they might be out of candy for the night."

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