While many youths went out searching for treats Halloween night, some also found trouble.
Howard County Police said they took reports of five assaults on trick-or-treaters, as well as a small fire started by a vandal at Wilde Lake High School at River Hill.
The fire, caused by what is believed to have been a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window, was extinguished by firefighters and caused very little damage, police said.
Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, three youths wearing camouflage clothing were responsible for four separate robberies near Camelback Lane and The Bowl in Oakland Mills, police said.
In two of the cases, the victims were 11 and 12, said Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman.
In each case, the offenders approached a youngster out trick-or-treating and demanded the victim's bag of candy. When the youngster refused, the offenders struck the victim on the hand with a stick resembling a staff or walking can, and then grabbed the bag of treats and fled, Sergeant Keller said.
In an unrelated incident in the 7400 block of Broken Staff in Owen Brown at 8 p.m., a group of teen-agers in a car stopped their vehicle, snatched a youngster's bag of candy and dragged the victim toward the car until he let go. The offenders then drove off, police said.
About 10 p.m., someone threw what appeared to have been a Molotov cocktail through a window near the front office of the new Wilde Lake High School. Firefighters put out the fire, police said.