Nearly 500 people arrested at EDM festivals in California over Halloween weekend

Arrests were made for public intoxication, drug possession and possession of fake IDs

Almost 500 people were arrested at two Halloween-themed dance music events in California last weekend.

A number of festivals took place on the weekend, such as the HARD Day of the Dead festival in Pomona and Escape: Psycho Circus in San Bernardino.

The Los Angeles Times reports that 310 people were arrested over two days at HARD, while Escape saw an additional 180 arrested during the same period – a total of 490 arrests made.

Police say that arrests ranged from public intoxication and drug possession to the possession of fake IDs.

“For the most part, all of the patrons were very, very cooperative, nice, respectful,” San Bernardino police lieutenant Richard Lawhead told The Los Angeles Times.

Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Hot Chip headlined HARD, while Martin Garrix was among the performers at Escape.


Earlier this year, government officials in Los Angeles were considering outlawing dance music festivals held on state-owned land following drug-related deaths.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held talks, with board member Hilda Solis saying, “As we move forward, more measures need to be considered to create a safe environment for all patrons and a zero tolerance for illicit drugs.”