Sad News for Foster City - No Halloween 'Safe Streets' Event This Year

Event sponsor, Foster City Rotary Club, says the event has become 'a victim of its own success.'


A long-beloved Halloween tradition in Foster City has unfortunately been canceled for 2012.

The Foster City Rotary Club announced Tuesday that the annual "Safe Streets" event, which has been taking place locally for roughly 40 years, will not be taking place this year.

Rotary Club President Noemi Avram said the reason behind the cancellation is a tragic one - the event has just become too successful, to the point that it is putting a strain on the surrounding neighborhood.

"While Halloween Safe Streets has been a fun family event over the years, in many ways, it has been the victim of its own success," Avram told Patch on Tuesday. "It has grown far beyond the Foster City community event it started out to be."

Avram said that, in recent years, the event has become so popular, it has started attracting families from as far as the South and East bay areas, causing logistical and safety problems for surrounding homes and for the event organizers.

"Given the limited number of neighborhoods capable of logistically and safely accommodating it, the Rotary Club has heard reasonable concerns from residents in those neighborhoods that are called upon to host the event year after year," she explained. "It has also become increasingly challenging to staff and manage the event from a public safety perspective."

In 2011, it is estimated around 3,000 to 5,000 children attended the Safe Streets Halloween event, which was held in Farragut Park area in the neighborhood surrounded by Halsey, Farragut and Beach Park boulevards.

Many families say the attraction of the Safe Streets event was celebrating with your neighbors and knowing that the treats were safe, having been supplied directly from candy manufacturers through the generous monetary donations of the local Rotarians, community individuals and businesses.

Avram told Patch that the Rotary will evaluate the decision whether or not to hold the event on a year-by-year basis, starting again next year. If conditions are favorable, the Club will revisit holding the event again sometime in the future.

"In the meantime, the Rotary Club of Foster City hopes families will enjoy the safe and fun spirit of traditional trick-or-treating door-to-door in their own neighborhoods.”


PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - How do you feel about Safe Streets being canceled? Do you live in a home near where the event is usually held? If so, did the Safe Streets event cause your family concern? Tell us in the comments below.


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Jason McComb October 16, 2012 at 02:18 AM
“CHARTER SQUARE MERCHANTS STEP UP FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN The merchants in Charter Square are planning a fun and safe Halloween activity, which they are calling “SCARE IN THE SQUARE”. Participating Merchants will offer trick or treat candy, food, and other surprises. The event features a 4000 square foot Haunted House called the ”Shaolin Mystery Maze”, where guests can try to escape the maze while not getting too freaked out! (A fun version for small children will be available as well). The event is in direct response to the cancellation of SAFE STREETS, an event usually offered by the Foster City Rotary Club in conjunction with the City of Foster City. “SCARE IN THE SQUARE” will start at 5:30 PM and end at 8:00 PM, and is free to the general public. For more information visit www.chartersquaremerchants.com”
Alicia Lopez October 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM
My baby boy is turning 1 Oct 23rd and the first place I thought of taking him was at Safe Streets. I was really bummed to find out it was being cancelled. Can you at least provide other options or other cities who might be hosting their own Safe Streets?
Alicia Lopez October 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
thanks Jason for providing this information
MMHoraney October 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Shouldn't other cities and other community service clubs have picked up the opportunity and the challenge many years ago and sponsored their own "safe streets" programs in their own towns? Sadly, this situation reminds me of the same way many communities handle so-called "affordable housing" and other difficult but rewarding projects and programs: "Go over there. They're taking care of it." That's not how it's supposed to work.
Foster city Neighbor October 31, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I been living in neighborhood 6 for many years. I know many people in the neighborhood 6 are worry about how large the safe street has become. It seem like safe street have always been in neighborhood 6. I never knew why other neighborhood where not involved. Maybe because they do not want all the thousand of strangers coming into their neighborhood blocking their street all night long. It is just too big for a neighborhood to handle safely.


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