In a recent post on Playborhood.com 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.