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Fewer Costumed Characters Crowd Franklin Street

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CHAPEL HILL — Police credit the use of roadblocks and 300 officerson the street to hold down the crowd at the annual Chapel HillHalloween street festival.

Police estimate that 25,000 people attended Wednesday night's celebration. That is half the number of people who attended last year.

Officers set up barricades within a mile of downtown andrequired identification before letting people into the party scene.They say that most likely kept many out-of-towners away.

Approximately 50 people were arrested, mostly for alcohol violations. Other charges included possession of marijuana, damage to property, disorderly conduct, and assault on an officer.