GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of people filled Uptown Greenville Saturday night for Halloween.
“I definately think compared to last year specifically it was not as busy. Last year was so chaotic,” said ECU student Anniken Williams.
Last Halloween, a riot broke out at a student apartment complex. Students stood on top of a bus which was damaged. Police made sure that wouldn’t happen this year. Over 300 officers worked Halloween night. ECU student Anniken Williams says she felt safe in Uptown.
“It can get so out of hand like last year, so I think a bigger police presence is a good idea,” Williams said.
She wasn’t the only one who felt secure. Fitzgerald’s bartender David Ray says security was tight.
“I even had a hard time getting in, so that’s a good think. It shows that everyone is getting checked and make sure everyone is safe,” explained Ray.
He says Fitzgerald’s hit full capacity around 11:30.
“We had a decent line outside for most of the night. We had a lot of people at the end of the night, even though we had the extra hour,” Ray said.
Other bars also had a line.
“We waited in line for 5th and when we got to the door the cover was ten dollars and then we were the next people to go in and they changed it to twenty dollars per person, because it was so packed inside. We went to another bar, but we couldn’t move,” said Williams.
Many students say they had a great time this Halloween weekend and felt safer than last year.