King William Association President Harry Shafer passes out candy on Halloween. Photo by Michael Cirlos.
Harry Shafer passes out candy in King William on Halloween in 2015. Photo by Michael Cirlos.

If you’re a kid in San Antonio, then you know the King William Historic District is one of best places in town to be on Halloween. Every year families from across the city visit the neighborhood for trick-or-treating.

I met Daniel Mata, a 48-year-old San Antonio native accompanied with his family on Madison street. For Mata, these streets are his old stopping grounds.

Daniel Mata and his family set out to trick-or-treat. Photo by Michael Cirlos.
Daniel Mata and his family set out to trick-or-treat. Photo by Michael Cirlos.

“I used to ride my bicycle down these streets all the time as a kid. Now, I’m coming down here with my family. The people in this neighborhood are so friendly, and the kids feel like they are at home,” Mata said. “There is a strong sense of community here. This is our fourth year spending Halloween in the King William district with the family.”

By 7:30 p.m., the streets were full of families. I ran into Cindee Conrad and Yvonne Miller of Gathering Midtown Church on Madison street as they were handing out candies and homemade iced tea.

“We love Halloween. It’s great to see everyone in their costumes,” said Conrad.

The weather was a perfect 75 degrees around 8:30 p.m., but it got much cooler once is started raining. Families took shelter under trees, but the rain did not slow down the festivities.

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After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Michael began reporting on inner city culture and founded Humans of San Antonio, a photojournalism project on social media that has reached...