The Halloween festivities on State Street over the weekend ended peaceably for the second year running, hailed by the city as a sign that creating a structured festival atmosphere is succeeding in exorcising the confrontation demons of its recent past. The relatively sedate tone of the event this year was clear on Friday night, when small crowds and only a handful of arrests signaled that things were likely to be under control at the Freakfest party on Saturday.
Appropriately enough, the primary focus over the weekend was the costumes. While the regular assortment of the mundane and mediocre was to be found up and down the party, there were some creations that stood out. One example is a group who reenacted the famous running of the bulls during San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain along an empty State Street on Friday. About a dozen people dressed as the white-clad runners and bulls entertained spectators as they reenacted the spectacle made famous by Ernest Hemmingway.
Isthmus photographer Christopher Guess shot a short video of this scene, which follows below.
More views of the Friday costumes on State Street can be seen in this photo gallery shot by Guess.