But Chapel Hill Police Chief Gregg Jarvies told Chapel Hill Town Council members Monday night that safety should not be sacrificed to reduce the cost of policing Halloween and that the additional money was a necessary price to pay.
Last year more than 50,000 revelers turned out for Halloween, and the festivities cost the town $75,000, a figure that Jarvies said he hoped would decrease with stricter security measures announced in early October.
Jarvies attributed the increased cost to additional law enforcement on Franklin Street on Halloween night.
Chapel Hill spent $49,000 on more than 200 police officers, who were employed from outside jurisdictions including Morganton, Wilson, Henderson and Raleigh.
Jarvies said expanded traffic restrictions, also implemented this year, did not contribute greatly to the increase in cost.
Despite the fact that the cost of this year's celebration was higher than last year's, Jarvies said the new measures should be retained next year.
Jarvies told the council that the new traffic plan and the beefed-up security contributed to the town's successful control of the Halloween festivities.
"The amount of officers was sufficient for the crowd size this year," Jarvies said. "We will need to have at least the same amount of people next year."
Jarvies also said the traffic restrictions were necessary to keep the celebration controlled. From 8 p.m. until about 1:30 a.m., vehicles were restricted from the roads within a 1 1/2-mile radius of downtown Chapel Hill.