Over the weekend, Reno prepared for its 11th annual Zombie Crawl. The event is one of the largest costume parties in the United States, and it has been named by USA Today as one of the top 10 best Halloween parties in the country. One of the things that makes this event so unique is that there is no “last call” in Reno, and there are at least 35 bars and four resort casinos along the strip for everyone to enjoy.
Local police also prepared for the event. Over the course of the night, 34 individuals were arrested for various crimes and five businesses were found to be illegally serving alcohol to minors. The Reno Police confirmed that one person arrested is facing felony charges including possession of a controlled substance, robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. Five other individuals were taken into custody after attempting to drive under the influence of alcohol. Eight more were discovered participating in the Zombie Crawl with active arrest warrants, and two individuals were charged with trespassing, having an open alcohol container and public drunkenness. Five suspects were obstructing a peace office. Overall, 39 traffic tickets were issued, 12 parking tickets were given and three suspects were taken into protective custody.
The Reno Police Department conduct a sting operation on the bars in the area to ensure they were following the states laws, and 21 of the businesses passed the test. Reno Police enlisted the help of volunteers who ranged in age from 18 to 20. The volunteers were asked to go to the bars and attempt to purchase alcohol. Five of the businesses, including the Aura Ultra Lounge, St. James Infirmary and Shifters, attempted to make the sale to the underage volunteers.