The monthlong manhunt for an accused cop killer in the Pocono mountains prompted officials to cancel Halloween celebrations in the area.
The dragnet for Eric Frein, 31, led authorities in wooded Barrett Township, Pennsylvania, to ban trick-or-treating and to cancel the annual Halloween parade on Oct. 26 and 5K Scarecrow Race, TV station WPVI reported.
Authorities worried that Frein might slip away amid crowds of people in costumes.
This would have been the 50th anniversary of the parade, the station reported. If Frein is captured before then, authorities might hold the events after all, ABC News said.
In a late-night ambush outside a police barracks, Frein allegedly killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass of the state police on Sept. 12.
Investigators searching for Frein found a journal allegedly written by the survivalist and war reenactment actor. In it, the suspect who is on the FBI's most wanted list this week describes shooting the cops.