Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Bayview Halloween

The weather warlock cast a break in the rain, just long enough for witches to land and the black cats to slink over to the 1700 block of Quesada between Third and Newhall to haunt the 2nd Annual Bayview "Safe Block" Trick-or-Treat Night. . Super Heroes and mere mortals drank hot chocolate and posed for Halloween "momento" pictures all between clearly marked safe houses for trick-or-treating.

Nearby, the YMCA on Lane and Quesada was open for more candy. And, for the 13 and under/brave-of-heart set, a haunted house spooked the Joseph Lee Recreation Center on Third and Oakdale.

And, for the late night, 21 and up LGBT crowd...Adonis Halloween Party busted out of 550 (Barneveld) Space.

Day of the Dead: Our Footprints Network partner, ART 94124 at Fairfax and Third, commemorated Dia de los Muertos, on November 1st, with an exhibit called Dia de los Muertos, La Vista de la Bahia (Day of the Dead, View of the Bay). The event drew from the highly festive Indo-Mexican celebration which honors ancestry, tradition, and the eternal duality between life and death. Curated by Mia Galaviz de Gonzalez, of Encantada Gallery, the exhibition featured a traditional Oaxacan altar by Amilcar Antonio Levya.

Check out the rich and very different histories of both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

Cool Halloween Safety Tips (from the Bayview Police Station):

1. Costumes should fit correctly so kids won't trip on them. Wear light-colored costumes so you can be seen easily at night.

2. Kids should not try to Trick or Treat by themselves. They should go with an adult and a group of friends.

3. Map out where you and your friends will be going. Visit only the well-lighted houses.

4. Trick or Treat while it is still light out; always bring a flashlight, it may get dark. Wear a reflective costume or stickers.

5. Pick well-lighted streets. Walk on the sidewalks. Do not take shortcuts or alleys!

6. Only accept candy at a person's front door. Do not go inside of a
house or into someone's car.

7. Have a back-up plan in case you get separated from your group. Carry a cell phone, a walkie-talkie or money for a pay phone, and the number of a trusted adult.

8. Don't eat any candy until you get home. Have an adult check to make sure there are no tricks in your treats! If there is any suspicious candy, contact your local police station.

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