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VIDEO: Halloween Takes Over Downtown Kent

Hundreds mob Kent as part of annual, 'unofficial' celebration

The rain stayed away but didn't take freezing-cold temperatures with it for Kent's unofficial Halloween celebration Saturday night — the temperature dipped to 32 degrees Fahrenheit before midnight.

The crowds brought the usual — bananas, monkeys, Where's Waldo? — and the unusual — a slew of Japanese people fleeing Godzilla — to what Kent police dubbed Ohio's "biggest spontaneous block party."

And police were certainly out. Groups of police officers mingled among the crowds downtown. Outside of Kent, police set up sobriety checkpoints, including one at manned by Summit County sheriff's deputies.

The crowds certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves on a night filled with fantasy. But reality will come for many today when they are released from jail following their arrest the night before or are simply fighting the after effects of a night filled with drinking.

Last year, Kent police arrested 47 people and Kent State Police arrested 53 people on Halloween night for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to underage drinking.

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Wilburforce October 30, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Yes well behaved and fun....2 hours was way much for this Geezer, good fun. I could see the closing of parts of Main,Water and Franklin St. ....Halloween Parade Floats sponsored buy local Busness to help pay for the cleanup and police work. Some more income could come from food vendors in strategic areas. It's clear the Halloween Festival is not going away so management is a good idea. Thanks to the police for there good work!
Matt Fredmonsky October 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I loved the people fleeing Godzilla costume — complete with tanks and airplanes. Awesome!
Wilburforce October 30, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Sorry for my Sunday AM spelling above...lol
Matt Fredmonsky October 31, 2011 at 02:05 PM
You can see the Godzilla costume in our second video, here: http://kent.patch.com/articles/watch-more-halloween-footage-from-downtown-kent#video-8291004
Betty Hatala October 31, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Great video. Who took it? It brought back a lot of fun memories. Loved the costumes

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