Carbondale Celebrates Halloween Restriction Free

Carbondale – Carbondale Police are reporting no Halloween night “frights” in the city in its first restriction free celebration in 15-years as officers recorded no holiday related incidents. The holiday has a checkered past in Carbondale, with large scale parties reaching back to the 70’s prompting restrictions to be placed on celebrating the holiday in the mid-90’s. Riots in 2000 prompted a full shutdown of all businesses on the strip until 2012, when a two-year trial period opened up a limited number of businesses downtown. In July, the city council lifted the restrictions completely. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Carbondale Chief of Police Jeff Grubbs said the night was “slower than a normal fall weekend.”