Halloween canceled as police continue manhunt

Halloween Called Off in Pennsylvania Town

The ongoing manhunt in northeastern Pennsylvania for the suspect in the deadly state police ambush last month has scrapped plans for trick-or-treating Friday and what would have been the 50th anniversary of a beloved Halloween parade.

But kids in the mountainous region still managed to celebrate by "trunk-or-treating."

The tailgate party held last weekend at a school parking lot in rural Barrett Township came as authorities continue to search the woods for Eric Frein, the suspect charged with killing one state trooper and seriously wounding another.

Organizers of Sunday's event called it a success, noting hundreds of children turned out for activities including face painting and a costume contest, and to see dozens of car trunks decorated for the spooky holiday. Oh, and to get lots of candy.

"It really was a great day," said Cheryl Jones, a member of the township's Halloween parade committee.

Police believe Frein has been hiding in the rugged area, near where his parents live, since the troopers were ambushed Sept. 12 outside their barracks in Blooming Grove.

The committee had originally planned to hold the 50th anniversary of the town's Halloween parade on Sunday, but authorities said the logistics would have presented problems during the manhunt. The event draws participants from all over the region, and includes marching bands, floats, costumed revelers throwing candy and thousands of spectators gathered along a main road, committee chairwoman Betty Oppelt said Thursday.

"The Halloween parade is a big, big, big deal," Oppelt said. "This is not a rinky-dink parade."

Still, "trunk-or-treat" seemed to be a hit with the children, said township supervisor Ralph Megliola. He said he spent that day handing out sweets from the flatbed of a truck decorated with fake spider webs, a big spider, pumpkins and mums.

And his 9-year-old son made out pretty well on the candy front.

"He doesn't bring that much home from the parade, believe me," Megliola said.

The township now plans to hold its 50th anniversary parade in 2015.

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Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, talks with members of the media while he explains how Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Accused cop killer Eric Frein's mug shot taken after his Thursday night arrest. (Pike County Jail)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Pennsylvania State Police say they remain confident that Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing a trooper in an ambush attack and injuring another, is still in the general search area.
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Eric Frein is escorted to his arraignment in the Pike County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in Milord, Pa. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/MCT via Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officer stands by as Eric Frein arrives at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officers arrive at the Pike County Courthouse for Eric Frein's arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police attends a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police speaks at a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, gestures as he explain how Eric Matthew reacts when he was captured on Thursday night, while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin insisted Thursday evening that he would seek the death penalty against Frein. (CNN)
Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan insisted that Frein was captured not because he was tired, but "because he was caught -- he had no choice." (CNN)
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Eric Matthew Frein, 31, poses on an unspecified date and location. Eric Frein is being sought in the killing of State Trooper Bryon Dickson. (Photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
The Inn at Buck Hill, an abandoned Pocono Mountains resort that is being scoured by investigators as they hunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein. (Pennsylvania State Police)
One of the many caves search teams are tasked with clearing as they hunt down the wanted man. (Pennsylvania State Police)
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
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