7:20pm - just back from a walk around the 'Stro and all seems weel. The bars are doing a booming busy (hurrah!), traffic is flowing freely and the sidewalks are filled with respectful revelers: so far, not too different from any Friday night in the Castro.
The media and police are out in force -- seeing if for the second year in a row, the www.homeforhalloween.com campaign will work in its efforts to keep Halloween safe and every 'hood of the City violence free.
It's early yet --let's see how the evening goes. But, my hope (and that of the City family I know) is that it will be fun, festive and safe Halloween for all concerned.