Troopers give Halloween safety tips, look to prevent pranks on Thruway

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Anyone thinking of pulling Halloween pranks this Sunday and Monday might run into trouble with the New York State Police.

On October 30 and 31, Troopers will be conducting their 40th annual “Pumpkin Patrol” to prevent pranks and protect drivers on the Thruway.

“Reckless shenanigans can lead to dangerous conditions on the road and cause disruptions for motorists,” Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said. “The joint effort by Troop T and the dedicated volunteers across New York State will be essential to ensuring our roadway remains safe during Halloween weekend.”

The Pumpkin Patrol began as a volunteer effort in Mississippi in 1976. New York State Police took it over in 1990.

State Troopers tell News 4 they will also be looking for drunk drivers amid the numerous Halloween parties set to take place over the weekend.

On Monday, law enforcement agencies will be looking out for the safety of children, whether it’s keeping them away from traffic or making sure they do not enter suspicious homes or vehicles.

In addition, Troopers remind parents and children to check their Halloween candy and make sure it is in original, unopened wrappers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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