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Santa Cruz Roads Closed for Halloween: Will You Party Downtown?

Police will be out in force, as they have been the past three years, but many people say they don't feel safe going out after dark on the holiday. What do you think?

Police will be closing off Pacific Avenue and its sidestreets Wednesday night for the party and parade that has taken over downtown Santa Cruz on Halloween night.

The whole downtown will be a "safety enhancement zone," which means that all fines will be tripled for the night, many as high as $1,000.

For a map of the closures, click here.

Pacific Avenue will be closed from Water to Laurel streets from 10 a.m. Halloween until 10 a.m. Nov. 1.  Front Street between Soquel Avenue and Broadway will close from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday.

Last year police made 50 arrests, 34 for public intoxication/alcohol related (2 juveniles), domestic violence, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a switchblade, drug possession, parole violations/warrants and resisting arrest.

There were 49 triple fines for code violation, including open container violations and urinating in public.

Angela Marie October 31, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I love downtown on Halloween night! The unbridled creative expression is inspiring and stimulating! As a member of Kuzanga Marimba, I have a long history of sharing the streets and live music for many many years, and hope to continue for many years into the future. It's great to share the evening will all the dancers and celebrants of the season.
Eve Roberson November 01, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Last Halloween I lived in beautiful St. George downtown on the second floor overlooking Pacific Garden Mall Avenue. Halloween had a fascinating parade all up and down the closed off Avenue of young and "young at heart" folks dressed in awesome costumes from early evening up until at least midnight. There was music, dancing, laughter and fun for all! I saw an officer break up a couple of young men who looked like they were thinking of fighting, but they shook hands and took off in different directions. After 9pm there were very few children in sight and the costumes got a bit more risque. The Christmas parade was fantastic too! I wouldn't have missed them for the world!
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