Halloween encourages us to interact with our neighbors perhaps more than any other holiday. That means, of course, that it’s also a great chance to think critically about the built environment of our community. Recently, some urbanists have offered the “Trick-or-Treat Test” – which measures how easily children can hop from one front door to the next as they collect candy on Halloween.
It should be no surprise that denser, more walkable neighborhoods often reap more candy per hour for trick-or-treaters. Neighborhoods with large lots, long driveways, and few sidewalks are more challenging. In some cases, street and house layouts are so hostile to collecting candy that families instead organize “trunk or treating” events in parking lots.
Planners and housing advocates have much to consider when building robust and accessible places to live. But sometimes, it’s not as complicated as we might think. Doesn’t more candy sound good to you?
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