Carbondale reinstates Halloween after violence in past

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Halloween is officially returning to Carbondale after the holiday caused troubles in the southern Illinois city in the past.

The Carbondale City Council on Tuesday voted to approve lifting all restrictions on Halloween. The last time the city lifted restrictions in 2000 there were days of violent riots that caused costly damage to businesses.

Councilman Adam Loos said he doesn’t think “anything will happen” this year and if all goes well the city should look into organizing a street festival for next year.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinois reports that Loos also said if things don’t work out the city can always reinstitute the restrictions.

Loos stressed that the city should be prepared for the holiday so Southern Illinois University students and others know Halloween rioting “will not fly.”