Scott Matalon says he came home from a weekend trip to find Harvard and Brighton avenues plastered with signs banning parking on Wednesday and Thursday between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Matalon, owner of Stingray Body Art and president of Allston Village Main Streets, says the move is not just annoying, in an area miles from past championship violence - it's a business killer, because for Allston, Halloween is more like Black Thursday; it's "the biggest spending days we have."
"It kills the restaurants," he said, adding other businesses will also suffer when many of their customers can't park anywhere near them.
Matalon says he appreciates police wanting to keep celebrations from getting out of hand, but "there's preventative medicine and then there's overkill," especially in a business district "miles from Kenmore Square."
Matalon, who noted police have turned to this street clearing technique after other championship drives over the past couple of years, said neither he nor other merchants were notified ahead of time about the parking bans.
Boston Metro has some more on the parking bans, which will also include the Faneuil Hall area on Wednesday, when President Obama visits to push Obamacare in a speech there.