Believe it or not, police would like you to have a fun and safe Halloween. Not just because they care about you, but because any trouble you get in means more paperwork for them.
We're guessing that's why San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr was kind enough to dole out these safety tips for kids, and adults who act like kids on Halloween. So consider yourself officially warned by both police and now the press.
- Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult (key word: responsible)
- Use sidewalks, and if sidewalks are not present, walk toward oncoming traffic (not in it, toward it!)
- Look both ways before crossing streets, and always use crosswalks.
- Use reflective tape on costumes or use a flashlight.
- To reduce the risk falling on the ground, avoid masks or costumes that limit your vision and movement, and avoid large quantities of alcohol (we added that last one in there).
- Examine all treats for choking hazards or tampering -- and only eat factory-wrapped treats.
- If you are driving, watch out for children.
- Obey traffic signs and signals; that means slow down, especially in residential areas where there's likely to be a legion of small ghosts and goblins running around.
- Let's face it, trick-or-treaters probably won't pay attention to traffic, because they will be too focused on their candy. So be prepared to slam on the brakes if some excited kid without a responsible adult darts out mid-block.
- Don't text and drive, and try to avoid distraction by electronic devices or candy wrappers.
There you have it, your Halloween guide to survival. Come to think of it, those safety tips could easily help you out any ol' day of the week.
If you see someone or something suspicious or out of the ordinary (that, too, could apply to any day of the week in San Francisco), call the police 553-0123, and they will get the paperwork started.
Other than that, enjoy your sugar coma.