Fewer than a dozen people were arrested during Thursday night's Halloween festivities on Front Street, leading police to call the night a "smooth and successful event."
"We believe that this year's festivities were a success due to all of the agencies that participated in setting up a safe and organized family event," said Lt. Derrick Lopez of the Lahaina Patrol District. "Special recognition should go out to the men and women of the Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works and other participating agencies that assisted in this year's Halloween."
Of the estimated 28,000 people that participated in Lahaina town festivities, nine adults and two juveniles were arrested on charges that included first-degree assault against a police officer, open lewdness, possessing drug paraphernalia and prohibitions involving minors.
"The majority of this year's revelers stayed within the guidelines of state and county laws and ordinances, while only a small percentage chose to display behavior outside of those parameters resulting in police action," Lopez said.
Police spokesman Lt. William Juan said that the department and other agencies "stepped up their efforts to keep everyone safe and deter criminal activities." Lopez added that preparation and planning for the event began two months ago.
"Because there were no other venues holding major events open to the public as in years past - places like Paia, Upcountry, Wailuku, Kihei - we knew that there was a strong possibility for an increase in attendance at this year's Halloween event on Front Street in Lahaina," he said.
Managers at Cheeseburger in Paradise said they had about 750 patrons Thursday night but had no incidents in or outside the restaurant.
"We did a little crowd control outside, but the Police Department was great, the Fire Department did great and the costumes were great," Assistant Manager Diane Culver said. "There was a lot of Halloween spirit."
Culver's husband, Steve Culver, experienced his first Halloween on Front Street after becoming general manager of the restaurant in July. He said he was surprised how quickly the streets were cleaned up.
"It was hard to believe (Friday) morning because I thought it was going to be a disaster out here," he said. "You couldn't even tell there was 30,000 people here the night before."
Whalers General Store was one of the few stores open at night on Front Street, with many retail stores closing around 6 p.m. Assistant Manager Leony Rabosa said that she, four workers and a security guard were on duty.
"We thought we were going to be busy, but it (wasn't) really," she said, adding that people were mostly walking in the middle of the street.
Rabosa said the store stops selling alcohol an hour before it closes at 11:15 p.m. She was thankful there were not any incidents.
"We're lucky. Last night, there was no trouble," she said Friday.
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