A young girl passing through a balloon arbor
Mission Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

It’s a neighborhood tradition for businesses along Mission Street to hand out candy on Halloween. While this ebbed during the pandemic, families were back in full force tonight.

  • A father and tw children, one a princess and the other a yellow something
  • a young girl dressed as frida with her father
  • A child looking off to the street with other trick or treaters behind him
  • A father and son dressed in a skeleton outfit
  • Three brothers with their pumpkin totes for candy.
  • a person in drag surrounded by kids and handing out candy.
  • a young girl with with two women
  • Someone dressed as a dino on mission street

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As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

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