Posts Tagged ‘home for halloween’

Once Again, Official San Francisco Urges All to Stay “Home for Halloween” – Are We Still Paying for This Crummy Website?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This one, from City Hall hanger-on David Perry.

Obviously it’s been updated for 2013.

But nobody’s reading it, so it’s worthless.

Did the people of San Francisco pay $40k for this POS site back in the day?

Are we paying $40k for it this year?


But why should we have paid David Perry anything at all for this sad effort?

Halloween in the Castro 2011 a Huge Success – City Defies City Family, Shows Up in Costume Despite the Official Ban

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Appears as if the City Family actually fought back against the revelers with water trucks. So much for the “zero tolerance” edict from Police Chief Greg Suhr. Anyway, look for Halloween in the Castro 2012 to be twice as big. You’ll see…]

To review, here’s the official word from San Francisco’s Gay Goebbels, “City Family” Minister of Propaganda David Perry, about Halloween in the Castro 2011:


“…Staying Home for Halloween is the ‘in’ thing to do…”

And here’s the same message from a local media outfit, you know, the one owned by gay-hating, evolution-unbelieving Republican Philip Anschutz:

“Halloween bash in San Francisco’s Castro won’t rise from dead this year”

But nevertheless, cool people got dressed up and headed to the Castro last night (pants not necessarily required), just like back in the day.

Like these people waiting for the 24 Divisadero bus yesterday evening:

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Actually, the Castro was hopping. Via Owenchristoff:

Fun Halloween! Castro was a zoo. Glad to be back in the quiet Richmond dist.”

Bay Citizen writer Scott James brought it all home for us last night:

Official party? Nope. Who cares. Crowds converging now on San Francisco’s Castro for Halloween”

And there’s this, from NilesHD:

“Although there’s no official San Francisco Halloween anymore in the Castro, that’s where most people go to celebrate Halloween !!”

Now the way to explain this is by noting that the City Family doesn’t really benefit from people going to the Castro district on Halloween, so it suppresses turnout by lying to people.


(If Halloween were an event that the City Family cared about, then things would be much different. It’d be more like the sitch with the America’s Cup 2013, you know, Rich People Like Boats, so it’s full speed ahead with AC13. Oh well.)

Now what’s this, is it the campaign of, speak of the Devil, quasi-City Family member David Chiu on the streets of the Castro last night?


And they weren’t alone, of course:

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Happy Halloween 2011, San Francisco.

See you next year!

“Home for Halloween 2010” – Castro Party Still Cancelled – How Many $$ Spent on Lousy Website? – Gascon Speed-Reads Espanol

Monday, October 18th, 2010

[The Uptown Almanac draws attention to another Gascon video from the same outfit. Is there some volume mixer setting that would render that English-language YouTube video auditorialy legible? And could somebody point me to an event some time in history where David Perry & Associates took our government money and didn’t do a half-assed job?]

First thing you do is check out Home for Halloween 2010 – it’s the biggest POS website that nobody looks at AND it’s one that we paid for.

Now, how much did we pay for it? I don’t know. It could be $10k, $20k, $30k, or $40k – the sky’s the limit. But it’s just like something your kid sister could whip up in an evening free of charge while she’s watching the Glee.

Now, how many people actually look at the Home for Halloween website? Well, You Make The Call – the latest numbers are something like a dismal eight visitors (including a fair share of GoogleBots) a day.

You’d think that it would be a lot cheaper to reach a lot more people if the City just placed a simple banner ad on one of the big local sites like SFist or Curbed SF, but you’d be wrong.

Now, here’s where your money goes, into videos with zero production values. Then they get posted on the YouTube, where they get roundly ignored. For example, here’s George Gascon speed reading Spanish muy rapido with his eyes darting back and forth like the methiest of meth heads. It’s mesmerizing in full-screen even if you don’t habla Espanol.

Check it. Aye, I lost me chief to meth:

Now, I saw him at the Costco once and he’s not like this at all in real life. Of course he’s a good sport, but how effective is this effort if NO SPANISH SPEAKERS WATCHED IT SINCE IT WAS UPLOADED TWO WEEKS AGO? It’s getting a grand total of one-third of a viewer per day.

Wasn’t this video just a big fat waste of time for the Chief?

Now, check out famous Akit’s famous website for all the deets.

Oh well.

Where will these Castro Queens go in 2010? Click to expand:

And where will Fake and Real Frank Chu go this year?

And what about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan? Where will they and their half-billion friends go?

Oh well.

San Francisco has Cancelled Halloween, But Take Your Kids to the Zeum/Wicked Event Oct. 31st

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Of course Halloween for non-kids was officially cancelled in San Francisco a few years back, so don’t go to the Castro district or nothing – all you’re going to see is a bunch of cops. (The new Home for Halloween of course is spooky Polk Street – that’s where the cool people are going, anyway.)

But you, you’ve got to do something for your kids, right? Well, get them in costume on the morning of October 31st, 2009 (a Saturday!) and take them to the Wicked event at the ‘Zeum near the corner of Fourth and Howard Streets in Yerba Buena Gardens.

Wicked has cute witches ‘n stuff. Witch which is good and witch which is bad? (Don’t answer, it’s a trick question.)  

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Halloween is going to rock!

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And then hang out at the ‘Zeum for the rest of the day, why not?

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum and WICKED, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical, currently playing an open-ended engagement at The Orpheum Theatre, today announced a partnership to bring kids and families an Oz-some Halloween celebration on October 31, 2009. The collaboration builds on their joint commitment to connect youth and families through live performance and visual art.

The Halloween event will kick off in front of the Zeum Carousel at 11:00 am with a “Go Green” Emerald City Citizen’s Costume Contest, featuring special appearances by Academy Award winner Patty Duke, who stars as Madame Morrible, and other members of the cast of WICKED.  Contest participants of all ages wearing green – from head to toe – will qualify to win a free pair of tickets to see Wicked at the Orpheum Theatre.  The lucky winner will also get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the costume area that brings the Emerald City to life with every show.  Every Emerald City Citizen costume participant will receive fun WICKED giveaways.

Throughout the day, all kids and families can explore hands-on WICKED-themed workshops and exhibits that bring performance art and technology together.  In Zeum’s Animators Studio, visitors can create clay figures of their favorite WICKED characters, such as Glinda, Elphaba, or The Wizard of Oz, and bring them to life with stop-motion animation.  In the Music Production Lab, visitors can perform to the lyrics of “Popular,” “Defying Gravity,” and take home their own original music video.

“WICKED’s themes of self-expression and empowerment dovetail with Zeum’s mission to nurture creativity, collaboration, and communication in all youth and their families,” said Audrey Yamamoto, Zeum’s Executive Director. “We are excited to partner with WICKED this year to provide an array of fun, hands-on, Halloween activities that allow every family member to express themselves.”

The all-day festivities will take place at Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum, located at 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Contest participation at the Zeum Carousel is free with one complimentary ride on the Zeum Carousel for children 12 and under from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.  General admission to Zeum is $8 for youth/seniors and $10 for adults.

About Zeum

Zeum is San Francisco’s hands-on multimedia arts and technology museum for kids.  Zeum – located in the Yerba Buena Gardens – is a community-based, non-profit organization that nurtures the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy – Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication – among youth and families.  By combining clay animation, music video production, live performance and digital art with imagination, Zeum’s visitors become creators, animators, directors, performers, and designers.  For more information, visit

Zeum opened its doors in October 1998 on the rooftop of Yerba Buena Gardens as part of a major 87-acre urban renewal project by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in the South of Market area. Zeum’s unique 34,000 square-foot facility includes premier technology studios, interactive activity stations, exhibit galleries, community exhibit space, a 200-seat theater and the Zeum Carousel.


Winner of 26 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz.  One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. The show, now in its sixth year on Broadway and with two national tours, returned to San Francisco, where it had its world premiere in 2003, to play its current ongoing run at the Orpheum Theatre.

(And then, that night, take your kids trick or treating up in the Richmond District’s Sea Cliff, the best place to trick or treat in the 415. Bring plenty of swag bags.)

See you there!