New Video: Halloween on Castro Street!

Halloween in San Francisco’s Castro district isn’t what it used to be — you can read about its sometimes-tragic history in this excellent Wikipedia article — but it’s still fun to walk around and check out all the fun costumes. I filmed this little video on Castro Street at about 9:30 pm this past Saturday (October 28) while I was on my way to HustlaBall. It was fairly early in the evening so the street wasn’t all that busy, but it still hopefully gives you a little taste of how cool the San Francisco Halloween vibe can be. Hope you enjoy it!
 

7 replies
  1. Chris
    Chris says:

    Wow, I always thought that Halloween on Castro Street would be amazing. I grew up with Halloween at Ohio University. This was a slow year so the street was only filled with about several thousands of people.

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      It used to be incredible — and extremely crowded — but since the violence in 2006 the city has more or less shut down any celebrations in the Castro. Police are out in full force, and you’re not allowed to linger on the sidewalk or in the street. It’s for our protection… I guess.

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      • Adriaan
        Adriaan says:

        Not living there I guess I can get my head around it. Doesn’t look that fun though. I would have thought there would have been more people. It is on my gay to-do list. Have to make up for lost time as I only came out 3 years ago.

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        • Jesse
          Jesse says:

          It was still pretty early in the night when I filmed this so there weren’t many people out yet… but also, since the shooting in 2006 the police have been making sure that people don’t congregate on the street. It’s a pretty sad situation.

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  2. Frank
    Frank says:

    Jesse, the debate is over where to draw the line at curtailment of civil liberties, but what we know is that as time passes the line moves toward greater liberties.

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