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All quiet (relatively speaking!) in Isla Vista over Halloween weekend

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
It was another quiet Halloween weekend in Isla Vista, unlike the 1980's and 90's where huge street parties taxed public safety agencies. This photo is from Halloween weekend, 2021.

Massive unsanctioned, unsponsored street parties like ones which occurred in the 1980's and 1990's were once again MIA.

It was once one of the biggest annual unsanctioned, unsponsored Halloween events on the West Coast, attracting tens of thousands of teens and young adults to Santa Barbara County. But, efforts to keep the street parties in check once again worked this this year.

In 2002, 103 people were arrested, and 143 cited for the unsanctioned street parties in Isla Vista. This past weekend, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office had only five arrests, and three citations to report in the community.

The community held a number of alternative events to give students something to do.

There were also some steps to deter would-be partygoers from coming to the community. Santa Barbara County once again used an amplified noise ordinance to limit the ability to hold outdoor street parties. Parking was restricted on campus, and in parts of Goleta to discourage out of town partygoers. And, UCSB banned out-of-town guests in campus housing over the weekend.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.