Allied Arts Scores High on the Trick-or-Treater Index

In a recent post on I wrote about the “Trick-or-Treater” index, a measure of a neighborhood’s child-friendliness based on the number of trick-or-treaters visiting a house on Halloween.

Well, my street’s results are in: Yale Road in the Allied Arts neighborhood of Menlo Park scored 200. That’s very good. However, just one block away, our friends and rivals on Princeton Road had a world-class sort of night. One family reported giving out 500 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters! Parents drove their kids in from many places, especially low-income towns East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park. In addition, though, Princeton Road was the go-to place for all Allied Arts trick-or-treaters. Residents blocked off the street with cones, so revelers swarmed the entire street.

Many houses were party centers. One served cocktails to parents, another played movies on a large screen (so did I on Yale, but to a more discriminating audience), and another played dance music on big speakers after most trick-or-treaters had gone to bed.

Yes, I admit it, I was a bit jealous of Princeton Road, but we’ll be rocking more on our block on Yale in the next few years as our dozen or so kids, all six and under, get a few years older.

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3 Responses to Allied Arts Scores High on the Trick-or-Treater Index

  1. Chuck Pletcher says:

    Looking forward to a Yale vs. Princeton Halloween competition in upcoming years. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is one of the problems that I have with the Trick-or-Treater Index. On the block where I grew up (West 400 block of 22nd Street in Chelsea (Manhattan) NYC, there are well over a thousand kids coming through on Halloween. 500 pieces of candy might last you an hour. But these are mostly kids from several blocks away (if not farther) and they aren’t around any other day of the year. At the low end of the scale (zero or almost no trick or treaters) I think that there is some value as an indication of a non-playborhood – but I don’t think that a neighborhood or block with a very high Trick-or-Treater score is necessarily a better playborhood than one with only a moderate or above-average score.


  3. Lloyd G says:

    I live in Toronto, in the Gerrard-woodbine area. My immediate neighborhood is mostly small semi-detatched homes on 15 to 20 foot wide lots. Very high density.
    There is a serious Hallown culture here, with several houses that are decorated to the degree they make the national news (castles, pirate ships, a guy who has to hire a security guard to watch the display on the nights preceding Halloween so the stuff doesn’t get stolen)… and there is, indeed, some “tourist” trick or treating.
    I believe an equal draw, however, is the amount of loot available in these tight quarters. My 10 year old son’s total haul was 17 pounds of candy (he made 2 trips). This is an issue in itself…as a younger child, his candy would be around until March. Nowadays, it goes much faster (though it’s now November and at least a third of it is still here). His main complaint at the end of the evening? I had told him to skip 3 houses to catch up with his friends to keep us all together (when you stop and talk to friends, it’s hard to keep a group of 4 kids and parents, grandparents, and hangers on on the same block). The thought of “losing” those 3 treats was yet another sign that his parents are unbelievably mean.