Dufty wants to cancel Halloween

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By Tim Redmond

Yeah, it's true: Sup. Bevan Dufty wants to cancel the official Halloween celebration in the Castro.

Of course, nobody -- not even a district supervisor with the full backing of the Police Department and the mayor -- can actually cancel Halloween in the Castro. I doesn't work that way. But Dufty hopes that if the music, the road closures, and the city sponsorship go away, and the word is put out that Castro Halloween is over, not so many out-of-towners and troublemakers will show up.

"It's not a draconian, fascist thing," Dufty aide Rachlle McManus explained to me. "But frankly, we want to make it uncomfortable for people who want to cause trouble."