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Marshfield closing streets in heavy trick-or-treating neighborhood for safety

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) - Halloween safety is on the minds of police officers all around central Wisconsin, and in Marshfield vehicle traffic in one popular trick-or-treating destination will be prohibited to provide safety for all those little ghosts and goblins.

Police Chief Gary Jepsen says West Fifth Street attracts upwards of 1500 children each year, and that, “It does get so congested with traffic that it led to parents being concerned about the welfare of their children moving about the area with so much traffic around.”

West Fifth Street will be closed between Oak and Adams Avenue from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. Cross-streets Wisconsin and Hardacre Avenues will also be close for added safety to prevent vehicles from backing out of the temporarily dead-end streets.

Chief Jepsen says that pranksters are not normally a problem in Marshfield with the exception of an occasional smashed pumpkin or two.

Almost double the usual number of officers will be on patrol for Halloween.