But times change and the straights - including gang-bangers - seem to have taken over to the point where San Francisco's Castro District actually canceled Halloween this year. (They used to have a huge celebration - block parties, etc.) Even some of the clubs have agreed to stay closed in hopes of keeping people away.
[In] 2002, five people at the event were stabbed, and another person brought along a working chain saw as part of his costume. “It was like Escape From New York,” [Bevan Dufty, city supervisor for the Castro district] says.Last year ten people were injured when rival gangs started a gunfight.
Passing of an era I guess.