Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's Halloween: Please Refrain From Running Over Ghosts and Goblins With Your Car

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

click to enlarge This is your last warning - FLICKR/CAMP ZAMA
  • Flickr/Camp Zama
  • This is your last warning

The only thing scarier than ghosts, goblins, witches and bitchy pumpkins, is a scenario where a costumed trick or treater gets plowed down by a car.

We're not meaning to be cynical -- there's a reason San Francisco authorities have issued a warning to everyone who plans on participating in tonight's Halloween festivities: San Francisco is the no. 1 place for trick-or-treating and it's also a top spot for pedestrian fatalities.

So on the most walkable holiday -- whether your trick-or-treating or bar hopping -- , WalkSF's executive director, Nicole Schneider, is asking everyone to be even more attentive than usual. That means no texting and walking, no changing into costume while driving, and for the love of God, get your head out of your bag of candy.

Already, the city is grappling with a new and frightful reality: The number of pedestrians hit by cars reached a 12-year high last year.

"Three pedestrians are hit by cars every day in our city, and, with the public up in arms, Mayor Lee released the Pedestrian Strategy calling for a 50 percent reduction in collisions by 2021," Schneider said in a statement.

"The time is ripe to reclaim our streets for everyone to enjoy," she said.

Even the most ghoulish souls.

  • Pin It

About The Author

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

Suggested Reading


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"