Bird Rock prepares for Halloween

Bird Rock’s getting the word out that once again this year an all-out effort is being made to guarantee a safe and secure Halloween on Oct. 31.

About 5,000 trick or treaters visited the La Jolla residential neighborhood a year ago.

“Bird Rock has had a history of very rowdy and dangerous Halloweens,” noted Bird Rock Community Councilwoman Michelle Fulks, who is community liaison for the community’s Neighborhood Watch program. “But over the last four years, with the help of the San Diego Police Department, we’ve gotten a grasp on things encouraging safety.”

As last year, residents handing out Halloween treats are being asked to do so only from 5 to 8 p.m. Though voluntary, Fulks noted that restricting hours on the holiday to help cut down on problems has met with an overwhelming amount of compliance by residents. “What we’re asking is that people turn their lights off at 8 p.m. and bring in pumpkins for safety,” she said, noting that Halloween is the busiest night of the year for police.

“We’re going to put a high-profile police presence there to ensure that the neighborhoods, the kids and the families are safe,” said Capt. Christopher Ball of the San Diego Police Department Northern Division.

“We have a plan in place for Halloween in Bird Rock with a command post on Camino de la Costa,” added SDPD Lt. Jim Filley, whose jurisdiction includes La Jolla. “We will have 10 to 12 officers that evening on foot patrols taking any particular action that’s necessary to keep the community safe. We’re looking to have a very safe and fun evening in Bird Rock.”

Police will also be enforcing the social host ordinance, which defines any residence where more than three people are gathered as a party.

“If alcohol is served to a minor there, those people that are the owners are responsible,” Fulks said. “We also want to make sure adults don’t walk around with alcohol.”

Among other crimes, vandalism will not be tolerated. “That includes damaging decorations and defacing property,” Fulks added. “We are just hoping for a super-fun and super-safe Halloween.”