To help crack down on Halloween pranks, the city of Beverly Hills banned the personal possession of some traditional “trick” tools. During a meeting on September 19th, the Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously to adopt a new ordinance. The ordinance prohibits the possession of Silly String, “hair removal products” and shaving cream on Halloween.
City officials passed the ordinance to create a “safe family friendly environment.” According to a news release issued Wednesday, September 20th, city officials claim the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) has been asking for this. BHPD has wanted these items to be prohibited for the last several years. “When used improperly, the products outlines in the ordinance may cause harm to individuals, property and/or the environment,” the news release states.
Anyone under 21 will be prohibited from carrying these everyday items for 24 hours beginning October 31st at 6am local time. BHPD is urging citizens to comply with the new ordinance. City staff will be deployed throughout the city to offer “education” before citations will be issued.
We understand wanting to have a family friendly setting for Halloween, especially for young kids, but a city wide ban? Why not just prohibit them in certain neighborhoods? We don’t see this working out the way the city officials and police think it will. Some people just want to trick more than treat.
Anyone with questions about the new ordinance can read additional information here. Anyone in possession of eggs and toilet paper need not worry within city limits, those items are allowed.