Despite perfect weather conditions for attracting large crowds of anonymous and potentially inebriated revelers, Halloween avoided the problems that often accompany that mix — and was thankfully a safe night for everyone involved.
This year Halloween in Kent was a 3 day event — starting Friday night with Main Street Kent’s “family friendly” trick or treating at the downtown stores, followed by the “unofficial” downtown costume ball on Saturday, and wrapping up Sunday afternoon with Kent’s annual neighborhood trick or treating.
Here’s some great photos complements of Main Street Kent and their family friendly Halloween (sorry no photos from Saturday night, too many were R-rated):
Really ambitious “Halloweeners” could even stretch an extra day out of the weekend by visiting our neighboring cities to sneak in another round of confectionary treats on Monday, actual Halloween Day.
4 consecutive days of sugar, leaving parents looking like a Walking Dead episode.
Years of experience has taught us that Kent loves it’s costumes and it’s parties, so we always prepare for the worst — but this year we got the best.
Crazy costumes, standing room only in bars and restaurants, and the kind of quirky stuff you only find in Kent.
What we didn’t find was a lot of trouble.
There were some drinking related incidents but the Police reported 38 arrests which is down from prior years and more importantly, the arrests that were made were relatively minor in nature.
We had very few serious crimes reported and only one minor Police Officer injury. When the public and our Officers come home safe and sound, that’s a good night.
Likewise, Fire/EMS calls were also below prior years but during the peak hours we did have every unit out on call.
The crowd may have been slightly down on the street but the bars and restaurants were still standing room only — we think, thanks in large part to the Indians World Series game.
Lots of work goes into planning for public safety around every event, especially Halloween, but if we can keep the Indians in the World Series every year, that may be our best strategy of all.
My thanks to all the City employees that pulled double-duty to keep the rest of us safe this past Halloween weekend — and especially those that came back in for triple duty on Sunday to pass out candy to kids from the back of the Police cars.
Great weekend in Kent.