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Halloween fun in downtown SLO

There was fun for all ages in downtown San Luis Obispo on Halloween night after rain washed out the annual kids costume contest, downtown trick-or-treating and Farmers’ Market last Thursday night.

Creativity and flair were part of the fun at the annual costume contest Monday night which attracted a large crowd to the Union Bank parking lot on Higuera Street in downtown.

Winners were selected in various age groups starting as young as a few months.

Afterwards, many of the costumed kids made their way up and down Higuera Street for trick-or-treating.

Downtown shops, restaurants and bars doled out the treats to the tricksters, young and old alike.

“Its been really great, a lot of kids have come in, great costumes”, said Ivelisse Pagan who works in a shop on Higuera Street.

Halloween night began in a somewhat subdued fashion Monday night after a busy weekend of costumed revelry that saw plenty of good times and little police activity from those we spoke with.

“The weekend was very busy, yes, lines everywhere”, said SLO Brew bartender Colby Carson who added Halloween night was a bit slower but just as much fun, “I just saw two people in these huge jelly fish costumes, those were pretty cool, I’ve seen some pretty creative things that people come in with, lots of little kids running around, Ghostbusters, pretty cute.”

The San Luis Obispo Police Department implemented its Safety Enhancement Zone program which extends to residential neighborhoods beyond the downtown area and gives officers greater authority to issue citations and make arrests.

A Police Department spokesperson says its been a fairly quiet Halloween weekend compared to previous years.

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