Halloween "Riptide" takes Georgetown after dark

Photo by RJSmith
A group on M St.
A group on M St.
Halloween turned Georgetown into a street festival of costumed witches, warlocks, knights and -- yes -- rescued Chilean miners as crowds took over the sidewalks and at times overflowed into traffic.

"There were large groups of 20 to 30 running on the sidewalk,"
Police control a crowd on M St. (Photo by: RJSmith) Police control a crowd on M St.
said ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon. "It was like standing in a riptide."

Police stepped in at times to keep order and keep the throngs out of oncoming traffic.

Solomon complimented MPD on keeping the festivities largely away from neighborhood streets, but one resident, seeing groups of older teenager going door-to-door well into the evening, said, "Isn't 9:00 past the time for trick-or-treating?"

Crutches don't slow M St. revelers (Photo by: RJSmith) Crutches don't slow M St. revelers
(Photo by: RJSmith)
Chivalry lives on M St., at least on Halloween (Photo by: RJSmith) Chivalry lives on M St., at least on Halloween
A caveman with his bee (Photo by: RJSmith) A caveman with his bee
Having fun on M St. (Photo by: RJSmith) Having fun on M St.
Sometimes you just want to scream (Photo by: RJSmith) Sometimes you just want to scream
Trick-or-treaters on N St. (Photo by: RJSmith) Trick-or-treaters on N St.