Establish Check-Ins. Establish clear rules for the evening in advance, including check-ins, especially if a party or sleepover is part of the plan. Use our BTI Parent List to contact any parents hosting gatherings and sleepovers.
Observe Local Laws. Remember that local curfew laws in Marin for teens under 18 years old are 11 pm. The CHP strictly enforces this curfew, as well as provisional license restrictions. Social Host Ordinances are also strictly enforced by local police.
Hot Spots. One of the more popular spots in Marin, especially for younger high school students (freshmen and sophomores), is the McAllister Street neighborhood near Bacich Elementary School. This can be a fun street party, full of younger families trick or treating. Police are out in full force in the area as well. Yet several incidents have occurred in this area in past years, including unsupervised teen parties, bullying just off the streets and ER visits resulting from alcohol poisoning and other drugs.
Other popular areas include the Larkspur neighborhoods near Redwood and where teens congregate on the unlit bike path along William and Holcomb Avenues.
Trick or Treat? Consider checking backpacks and halloween bags for alcohol and weed. Also, be vigilant about marijuana-laced candy, chocolates and lollipops. If the treat doesn’t have a recognizable label or is a brand you know, check it closely. Some, but not all, have an odor (though not as strong as a bag of weed). Levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, vary greatly and have been resulting in increased ER visits.
Hopefully, at worst, your teen will come home smelling of shaving cream!
Leave the Red Solo Cup at Home! Finally, if you are out tricking or treating with younger kids, at home, or at a party, remember that our kids are watching us and our Halloween consumption as well. Consider the behavior you are modeling for what is supposed to be a kid-centric event. Not that adults can’t have fun too!