Today was my friend’s very first American Halloween. We went to the Grove Street Halloween Block Party here in San Francisco. Every year, the blocks between Baker and Central are closed to traffic. The neighbors decorate their stoops, garages and yards, and parents dress up with their kids. There’s a costume contest, and this year a band from the University of San Francisco performed. So much fun! And the kiddies in their costumes…oh, my! Just precious! Be sure to click on photos to see those faces better…
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I haven’t done a Halloween costume since my Bend It Like Beckham costume a dozen years ago, when I was disappointment that nobody noticed my dyed black hair. This year I put in a lot of effort (and bad sewing) to do Dear Evan Hansen, this year’s Tony Award winning Broadway musical. I’ve been told by my roommate that it’s too obscure. We’ll see. If even a few folks at my Street Fair get it, I’ll be happy.
I made my “cast” out of soft white fur, so I can bend my wrist and use my hand. That’s especially important because I’m a lefty. Since the song Waving Through A Window is performed before Connor signs Evan’s cast, I left off his name. The only striped polo shirt I could find was a men’s XXL, so I took in the sides and shortened it. I wish the stripes were closer to the one Ben Platt wears in the musical. I photoshopped the map together (“Navigating Adolescence: A Map For Parents” for the song Anybody Have A Map) and cut the window out of cardboard.
Every year, I take my camera to the Halloween block party off Central Avenue on Grove. This year, I got there before the light left and the rain began. What a great bunch of kiddies and doggies this year! My thanks to the parents and dog owners who do such a great job with the costumes.
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I live in San Francisco near the Panhandle, so I just tolerate the annual Bay to Breakers. Locals put up with the traffic snarls, the mess, and the drunken parties, and then we’re relieved it’s over for another year. Still, it’s a photo opportunity, and here’s my favorite image. These folks were dressed as blue birds. I don’t know what kind, because I didn’t ask. I was too busy staring at their feet!