As the sun began to set around San Francisco, locals started lining the sidewalks to celebrate the year’s spookiest holiday in style. While some San Franciscans seized the opportunity to head to house parties or local watering holes to mingle in masks and dance the night away, for families around the city, it was a chance to have some wholesome fun with their communities.
In the Mission, residents jumped at the opportunity to turn entire streets into safe destinations for kids in costume to collect candy and delight in decorations. At the long-running celebration on Shotwell Street between 19th and 22nd streets, neighbors transformed the corridor into a spooky spectacle.
“My favorite part of Halloween is the community,” Lisa Lincoln said. “We used to have no trick-or-treaters on this street. Then two moms handed out flyers around the neighborhood, and they had a costume contest at a fire station—and that’s how this whole thing started.”
Take a look at some of the best photos from the evening below.