Boo to you

“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!'” – Dexter Kozen

Susan Chaisson of Stockton points out other costumes to her 3-year-old son Joseph Chaisson Jr. at the annual Safe Trick or Treat event on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 120mm. Exposure: f/4.0 @1/250, ISO 200)


9-month old Malia Lara rests in her stroller at the annual Safe Trick or Treat event on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/3.5 @1/320, ISO 200)

I shot the annual Safe Trick or Treating at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. About 600 kids dressed as brave heroes, scary demons, perfect princesses and swarthy pirates were led in small groups to trick-or-treat around the campus. In addition a small carnival and a haunted house for braver souls were set up for the kids as well.

9-year-old Austin Piacentini of Linden wears a soldier costume at the annual Safe Trick or Treat event..
(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: f/4.0 @1/250, ISO 200)


Trick or treaters are led on a tour by student Chris Miller to get candy at the annual Safe Trick or Treat event at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/3.5 @1/250, ISO 200)

One of my pet peeves is when trick-or-treaters come to the house without a costume. So I was glad to see that even the university students, who were the guides, get into the spirit. I saw a scuba diver, a cow, a hot dog and, my favorite, a banana.

4-year-old Madison Dingman of Stockton  wears a Teenage Mutant Turtle costume while standing in front of Burns Tower at the Univesity of the Pacific. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/5.6 @1/250, ISO 200)


8-year-old Alicia Lujan of Stockton peers out of her Spongebob Squarepants. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @1/250, ISO 200)

I’ve shot this event before and I almost have as much fun as the kids do. For me the fun comes from shooting others having a good time. There are times this job, like any other, has it’s grunt work so it nice to do something that makes me feel good every once in a while. I didn’t even have to dress up in a costume to do it.

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