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Security Tight For Salem’s Haunted Happenings

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV
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SALEM (CBS) — As night fell in Salem, Halloween was in full getup with costumes ranging from fast-food mascots to superheroes to a pregnant nun. Downtown Salem does Halloween like no other.

“It’s a lot of fun, great to see all the costumes, everybody out, it’s really good, it’s completely safe,” said Kristen Garland who came in from Canada.

At the annual Haunted Happenings, safety is a top priority for everyone from the adults hitting the bars to the families going trick or treating.

Lucy Martinez and her two kids came in from Chelsea.

“It’s the first time we’re coming, everyone says it’s crazy, I feel very safe, the kids are walking, not holding hands, they’re free, very good,” said Martinez.

Police say they’ve stepped up security in the wake of the marathon bombings. Extra cameras have been mounted around the downtown and the State Police air wing was scheduled to be on duty.

“Because of what’s going on in Boston and other places, we beefed things up, help from state police, the federal government gave us bomb-sniffing dogs,” said Lt. Conrad Prosniewski of the Salem Police Department.

Authorities are trying to maintain a good balance between having a good time and having a safe night.

“Cops everywhere,” said Paula Donelle. “Haven’t seen any fights or arguments.”

Police say they made two arrests for disorderly conduct.

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