Sunday, October 30, 2005

warehouse halloween roundup

A couple of graveyards have mysteriously popped up a few blocks west of my bunker, such as this one.

Since I didn't feel like sticking around the house last night, I drove around the city to see what folks were wearing this year. I intended to snap some pics, but failed to get any decent shots. The best of the lot was this test shot while waiting for two lanes to merge into one on Queen West.

There was one factor I hadn't accounted for. Last time I was downtown on a Halloween Saturday night, Church St (and other streets, for all I know) was closed so that everyone had more room to mull around. Not the case this year. I suspect the current police job action played a role.

From the comfort of my car, these were the highlights.

Church St - half-a-dozen drag queens in full Wagnerian regalia. Maybe they were off to audition for the Bugs Bunny part in a remake of What's Opera Doc? Also noticed the two styles of costumes that reigned across the core: ancient Egyptians and pirates.

Peter St - the most impressive Egyptian of the evening was seen here, a guy wearing a towering Anubis mask.

The wackiest moments of the night happened in Clubland. I saw two girls pose for a friend's picture by sitting on a red sports car...which promptly caused its owner to come running from the pay booth and hurl a steady stream of obscenities and raised arms. In front of a nearby club, a bouncer did a meek job of holding at bay a dominatrix offering to whip patrons waiting in line.

Kensington Market - no Egyptians or pirates here. What I saw were several folks in 1950s-60s Latin American revolutionary gear, complete with fake beards. Take note of how many people come/came to your Halloween party as Fidel Castro, c. 1959.

College St - back to Cleopatras and buccaneers. Standout was a couple as Spy Vs Spy - a male black spy and female white spy (though no grey spy in sight). Looked like they had some trouble holding their long-paper masks against the wind. - JB

Additions and corrections...

My theory about Church St was wrong - should have looked at the city events calendar first (or Spacing, for that matter).

Today's Toronto Star (you may need to log in) has an article on how Halloween shows the differences between Canadians (we have fun) and Americans (the religious right thinks it's an evil day that promotes paganism).

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