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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Castro Halloween Party Ban: The Ad Campaign That Wasn't

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 11:47 AM

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So, $40,000 later, the city's grand effort to ban Halloween in the Castro has come to this: flyers apparently designed by a five-year-old, a website and a series of low-cost YouTube, radio and TV spots. Similarly underwhelming was the city's plan to coax at least 130 Castro business to close early on Halloween. A grand total of 20 of them have actually agreed.

Judging solely by the quality of websites, the opposition is actually doing a better job. Citizens for Halloween is pressuring the city to install public restrooms and provide entertainment in the Castro. They say they're not encouraging revelers to show up, but assuming they will anyway. Not a bad guess, considering how the ad campaign has gone.

-- Brian Bernbaum

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