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Businesses Asked Not to Sell Certain Items Ahead of Halloween in Abington, Massachusetts

Among items on banned list: Spray paint, eggs, shaving cream toilet paper and soap

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    Stores in Abington, Massachusetts, are being asked to not sell certain items to kids under the age of 18 ahead of Halloween. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016)

    A Massachusetts community is asking stores not to sell certain items to kids under the age of 18 ahead of Halloween.

    Police in Abington sent a letter to businesses with a list of items which included spray paint, eggs, shaving cream toilet paper and soap.

    Abington's Chief of Police David Majenski said the voluntary ban is all in an effort to crack down on Halloween pranks.

    "It's a voluntary program and they don't sell any items that may cause any type of disruption to kids under the age of 18," said Majenski.

    Some teenagers necn spoke to said they don't engage in that type of disruptive behavior.

    "I'm in middle school right now but we don't really do that stuff," said Alexus Mitsiopoulous, of Abington.

    Police say they've been cracking down on mischievous teens for years.

    "There were neighborhoods that had issues — cars were getting soaped or shaving creamed, or toilet paper or spray painted and business as well," said Majenski.

    Resident Barbara Gifford says she thinks this crackdown every Halloween works.

    "It's safe and I haven't been egged shaving creamed, of course I give the big candy bars so they better not egg me," Gifford said. "I don't think I would like it done to my house no, I have seen kids do it when I was growing up."

    Some residents say hearing about the ban brings back childhood memories.

    "It's Halloween it's a rite of passage, they have to do something you know, if you can't do something when you're young and stupid, they're just going to to do it worse when they're older," said Chris Maynard.

    The ban starts on Friday and lasts until November 1.

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