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Patriots to play at home on Halloween for the first time

Children encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to Sunday's game. First 1,000 children through the gates will receive a trick-or-treat bag of Halloween candy.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - During his press conference on Friday, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said it best: "What could be a better holiday than costumes and candy? How can you go wrong?"

The Patriots enter Sunday's meeting with the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium with a scary record of 2-5 all time in games played on Halloween, but it will be the first time the Patriots have played at home on All Hallow's Eve.

To celebrate the occasion, the Patriots are encouraging fans of all ages to wear their Halloween costumes, and the first 1,000 children ages 12 and under to enter the stadium will receive a free bag of candy.

"We recognize many of our younger fans will be foregoing trick or treating to attend the game," said Patriots spokesperson Stacey James. "We hope they still wear their costumes. If so, they may find themselves on a 164-foot HD video board."

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