Why is Halloween my favourite holiday? Because it reminds us once a year what great neighborhoods are made of.
I introduce to you the Trick-or-Treat Test.
It’s been a long time since I retired from Trick Or Treating. So maybe the mentality has changed a bit. So I’ll only speak for my self on The “Trick Or Treat Test.” I recall in my Trick Or Treat Days I was pretty reluctant on houses that didn’t bother decorating for Halloween even if it was just a pumpkin. I also remember avoiding a couple of homes if the front light was off. Or, if it was my own block and if I knew there was a not so nice person living there. Whether it was true or not I didn’t really know, I mean I was a kid. My Trick-or-Treat Test were for homes that weren’t exactly welcoming, and not just on Halloween. Many homes that failed my Trick Or Treat Test seemed to also have poor relationships to the street, and the neighborhood, year-round.
As a Trick Or Treater A Halloween-friendly neighborhood is more than just what you see or what you think you know about the people living in them. Is the neighborhood a great place for kids to get a big candy haul on Halloween night? Can kids move from house to house? When it comes to Halloween efficiency, kids can be very smart, and read communities well.
These were just ta few things I looked for before I hit up a street to Trick Or Treat on.
- Tree-lined streets designed for walkers more than speeding cars.
- Does it have the “the power of nearness” – everything you need, nearby.
- Good visual surveillance through doors and stoops, windows (and I don’t mean windows in garages), porches and “eyes on the street.”
Until next year, one last time. I hope you had a good Halloween. Into November we go!