Multiple people assaulted in Halloween party fisticuffs

SEATTLE -- Halloween is a time to dress up like your favorite goblin or ghoul or semi-timely reference, eat candy and watch scary movies. It's also apparently a time to crash some parties and start throwing punches.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the first incident, two people were hosting a Halloween party at an apartment in the 4300 block of Phinney Avenue North. The hosts later told officers the party was low-key and calm until a group of five or six men and a woman showed up.

The new arrivals were unknown to the hosts and had been invited by a friend. According to the report, the group was harassing and intimidating the party's guests, and the hosts spent hours unsuccessfully trying to get them to leave.

According to the report, one of the hosts stepped in when one of the members of the group started harassing and touching a female party-goer. The host told officers he thought the issue was settled after a brief conversation, but the man came up to him five minutes later while he was sitting on a couch and punched him in the mouth.

The host was knocked unconscious by the punch and would later require a dozen stitches to close a cut to his mouth, according to the report.

The party-crashers eventually left the apartment around 1:30 a.m., and residents later noticed various items missing from their rooms.

Around 1:40 a.m. in the same block -- possibly at the same party -- a man got into an argument with three other men, according to the police report for the incident.

The men took it outside, at which point, the three men reportedly punched the victim several times in the face and took his wallet and cellphone.

The victim later told officers the men had attacked two other people at the party. According to the report, no one at the party, including the other two people attacked, wanted to cooperate with officers.

According to the report, the victim told officers he had a gun and would "take care of this" himself. Officers said that would be a bad idea.

Meanwhile, another party kicked off around 10 p.m. Halloween night in the 9200 block of Woodlawn Avenue North. According to the police report for the incident, the party was going smoothly until a group of three women and five men arrived around 3 a.m.

The eight newcomers got into an argument with a woman at the party and punched her in the face, kicking off a fight in which at least four other people were punched, two of whom had been sleeping and were woken up by the donnybrook, according to the report.

One of the victims later told officers at least four of the men had guns tucked into their waistbands.

The group eventually left the party in an SUV, taking two video-game consoles and stolen cash with them, according to the report.

One of the victims told officers he invited the group because he knew some of them from the streets in Shoreline, but he didn't know all of their names.

I think it's safe to say a lot of people went as jerks this Halloween.