Manhunt for Fatal State Trooper Ambush Suspect Forces Pa. Town to Cancel Halloween

The manhunt for the suspect in the fatal ambush of a Pennsylvania state trooper forced a town to put its Halloween plans on hold. 

Barrett Township supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday night to cancel Halloween trick-or-treating this year as officials continue their search for Eric Frein.

They also postponed their Halloween parade, which had been scheduled for Oct. 28, as well as their annual 5K Scarecrow Race, which had been scheduled for Oct. 19.

Instead of trick or treating, Barrett Township will have a “Trunk R Treat” on the grounds of Monsignor McHugh School in Paradise Township. During the event, residents will decorate their cars as Halloween floats and hand out candy from their car trunks to children.

State officials also announced hunters may return to parts of the Pennsylvania woods previously declared off-limits after police discovered pipe bombs allegedly left by Frein.

The state Game Commission said Friday that hunters and trappers can enter Lehman Township and portions of Blooming Grove and Porter townships.

The agency also reopened most of State Game Lands 180 and the State Game Lands 183 shooting range, both in Pike County.

Those areas are outside the main search area for Frein.

Hunting and trapping remains closed in Greene Township, Pike County, and Price, Barrett and Paradise townships in Monroe County.

Portions of State Game Lands 183 and 221 remain closed, as does the western tip of State Game Lands 180.

Friday marked Day 28 in the search for Frein, accused of killing Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass during an ambush shooting outside the Troop R barracks in Blooming Grove back on September 12.

Officials in Barrett Township say the manhunt for Frein has already cost about $40,000 not counting lost revenue to businesses.

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