NUTLEY, N.J. (1010 WINS) – In Nutley, there’s a zero-tolerance policy in effect this year for any pranks this Mischief Night – the evening before Halloween. Since the infamous night falls on a Saturday this year, police are expecting the worst.
“Any child who is caught committing an act of vandalism or criminal mischief will be brought to police headquarters and their parents will be called,” Det. Lt. Steven Rogers said.
“We’ve asked our neighborhood watch to be extra vigilant,” Rogers said.
Police will increase patrols and residents are being urged to leave their as a preventative measure.
“There are teenagers that want to just goof around but I think it depends on the parents, like everything else,” Jasmine, a resident, said.
One woman said her home has faced the wrath of her husband’s vengeful high school students.
“They have egged our house but now it has gotten much better,” she said. “He had to threaten them and said he had private investigators all around the house and they believed him.”
Other homes have also been targeted on Mischief Night.
“Pumpkins are stolen and thrown into the street,” another woman said.
In Jersey City, an 11p.m. curfew is being enforced and local stores have been asked to avoid selling eggs, flour and shaving cream to teenagers.
Newark has also issued a curfew which will restrict anyone under the age of 18 from being more than 100 from their home without a parent or guardian after 10 p.m.
Other towns are trying to prevent chaos by offering free movie showings at local cinemas, costume parties and other town-sponsored events.