Wisconsin Mayor: "We're not going to ban trick-or-treating"

Posted at 5:31 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 13:33:16-04

NEENAH, Wis. -- It's been a troubling Halloween for several families and communities across Northeast Wisconsin.

"These are the things that just kind of get to you a little bit," Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert said. 

Kaufert said police are investigating a family's report of finding nails inside kit-kat bars.

Police have canvassed the neighborhood, and talked with the family.

"We try to explore exactly what happened, we narrow down where something may have occured," Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson said. "We've got as much information as we can right now."

What they don't have yet, is an arrest.

"If someone is found that they actually did this, they'll be dealt with harshly," Kaufert said.

In cases like this, making an arrest is not easy.

It didn't happen last year when Neenah police investigated a similar case.

Green Bay Police said they don't expect an arrest. They said it's hard to backtrack to a source unless a person comes forward.

"It's real hard to isolate the area, specific homes and anything like tha," Kaufert said.

Mayor Kaufert says he'll see if the city can do anything different on future Halloween, but that doesn't mean clearing the streets.
"I'm not going to be the mayor that bans trick-or-treating in Neenah, so parents just have to be careful," Kaufert said.

City leaders said that ultimately, it's up to parent's to keep kids safe this and future Halloweens.


The following Wisconsin police departments have reported tainted candy given out in their communities in 2017: