Boulder Cops Nix Naked Halloween Streak

Wacky local tradition draws big crowds, annoys authorities
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2009 8:50 AM CDT
LONDON - OCTOBER 31: A child enjoys traditional candle-lit Halloween pumpkins on October 31, 2007 in London.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Killjoy cops in Boulder, Colo., plan to shut down the town's annual naked Halloween run tonight, dispatching 40 police officers to the four-block course, backed up, believe it or not, by SWAT teams. Tolerated for nearly a decade, the run aroused police ire last year when the ranks of streakers, who wear nothing but sneakers and pumpkins on their heads, swelled to 150. So this year the police chief plans to have runners arrested as sex offenders.

Supporters of the annual rite are outraged, and even the ACLU jumped into the fray, firing off a letter claiming citizens have the constitutional right to express, as Stephanie Simon puts it in the Wall Street Journal, "whatever it is they're expressing when they slip hollowed-out pumpkins over their heads and race buck naked down the Pearl Street pedestrian mall."
(Read more Boulder, Colo. stories.)