• Justin Hein

No Halloween Silly String in Hollywood

Hollywood Halloween revelers beware: those celebrating the haunted holiday with silly string are in danger of being fined.

Did you know that since 2004, Silly String (and all other brands of aerosol string) are banned on Halloween in the Hollywood area? You are not allowed to possess, use, sell, or distribute Silly String in public places from 12 am on October 31 until noon on November 1.

The iconic Hollywood district draws a large crowd on Halloween evening which can result in a mess left behind on the street the following day. Before 2004, city workers who cleaned large amounts of Silly String - and empty cannisters - off the streets complained. 

The ordinance, which was passed in 2004, lists safety and environmental concerns as the reason for preventing people from using silly string on Halloween. The cans for the product, "may cause pedestrians and police officers on horseback to slip and fall" and may be used as weapons when being thrown, the ordinance says.

On Halloween, authorities post signs along Hollywood Boulevard that warn of the potential $1,000 fine for illegally possessing cans of the product.

Silly String offenders can’t say they weren’t warned.

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