AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Board of Selectmen announced on Tuesday that hours for trick or treating on Halloween, Oct. 31, will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
Selectmen Chair Doreen Goodrich said Auburn Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis recommended these hours, as he has done in the past.
“That way people are aware that kids are on the road between 5 and 7 p.m.,” Goodrich said. “Homeowners leave their lights on. And come 7 o’clock, you should really be off the road. You always get people who are out later, especially the older kids, but the chief recommends for safety to be done by 7 p.m.”
“No snow dates,” said Selectman Robert Grossman at Tuesday’s meeting.
Last year, the October snowstorm of the century hit Auburn on Halloween weekend, causing a delay for trick or treating. Given the widespread power outages, downed trees, limbs and wires, the Auburn Police Department postponed trick or treating hours until Nov. 4 to ensure safety. The town of Auburn hopes such a situation does not repeat itself this year.
Police Department Receives Donations
The Board of Selectmen also approved $690 in donations to the Auburn Police Department’s K-9 gift account. The donations were made in memory of Robert Ljunggren, who was a Shrewsbury firefighter for 33 years and the father of James Ljunggren, an Auburn police officer who trains the K-9 dog.
“It’s just a really nice thing for people to donate in his memory,” Goodrich said. “I’m sure it meant a lot to Jimmy.”
Robert Ljunggren was 73 when he passed away in September. The donations were from Fuller Towing and Repair, Paul Adamonis, P.F. Bisnette and Sons Construction, Rose and Paul Ljunggren, Shirley Menendez, Timothy and Valerie O’Connor, Shrewsbury Lawn Mower Service and Ted and Gail Domin.
Memorial donations can be made to the Auburn Police K-9 Unit, 416 Oxford St., Auburn, MA 01501.