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November 2, 2012

Halloween: 40K people, 15 arrests

Salem now focuses on residents with farmers market, Restaurant Week


The night’s 15 arrests were mostly for disturbing the peace, domestic disputes and drunken driving, Prosniewski said.

Police received two reports of knife fights around 11:30 p.m., one on Mason Street and one at Lafayette and Harbor streets. Officers were there “in an instant” and found nothing, Prosniewski said.

Both Fox and Prosniewski credited the city’s detailed planning for Halloween, as well as collaboration — between city departments and area law enforcement agencies — for its success.

Prosniewski called it “a model of teamwork.”

Events such as live music are spread throughout the downtown to thin out the crowds in any given location, and a 10 p.m. fireworks display signals the end of festivities.

“I give so much credit to the mayor (Kim Driscoll). ... She took the tiger by the tail to figure out how to make Halloween work,” Fox said. “It’s a well-oiled machine now. ... Last night was a great example of how it works.”

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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