A Jersey Shore town will be enforcing a curfew in the days around Halloween in "the interest of maintaining fun and safety."

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The Long Branch Police Department has announced a mandatory curfew starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 29th and running through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1st.

During that period, anyone under age 17 will not be allowed on city streets from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Anyone who violates the curfew will be taken to police headquarters until they are picked up by a parent or guardian.

Wall Township has a similar ordinance and it's one that I wish every town would adopt and enforce. I'm all for kids having fun, but what should or *could* be harmless Mischief Night or Halloween pranks have been replaced by thefts, serious vandalism, and misguided teens generally making stupid and dangerous decisions. (As for the misguided adults who will undoubtedly make stupid and dangerous decisions...well...they are old enough to know better!)