WYCKOFF, N.J. – It’s one of the oldest pranks of the season – popularized in an Adam Sandler film – but Wyckoff police say they won’t take bagged deposits of excrement and other unwelcome items left on people’s porches lightly.
“Several residents have recently reported incidents of ‘ghosting’ occurring throughout town,” Lt. Joseph Soto said Friday. “While this is usually a harmless Halloween tradition involving children leaving bags of candy on a doorstep, some have chosen to take it to a more nefarious level.”
Recent offenses have included bags of rotting food, dirt, and dog feces being left instead of candy, Soto said.
“Not only do the actions of those involved blemish the spirit of ghosting,” the lieutenant said. “Their behavior could be considered disorderly conduct and harassment under New Jersey law.”
Every year around this time, residents nationwide report finding “gifts” on their porches.
Sometimes the bagged feces is set aflame – in order to get the resident to try and stomp it out.
The characters in the Adam Sandler film “Billy Madison” do this to an elderly resident in a frequently-referenced scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_F_e4Bznzk
Wyckoff police asked parents to discuss such “inappropriate behavior and the possible consequences of their actions” with their children.
“Above all, the Wyckoff Police want to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone,” Soto said.
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