I saw this article posted to the TLC listserv, and couldn't take my mind off it. It seems the residents of Greenville, a sprawling, low-density suburb in New York State near the Catskills, have solved the problem of how to get children from door to door on Hallowe'en.
Halloween here has been about alternatives — without the long-distance treks and the uncertainty that comes with sending kids out into the night to the homes of strangers.
One such alternative, which began last year, is called "trunk-and-treating." It's based on the premise that if you don't want kids out on Halloween, then you've got to bring Halloween to them.
Instead of walking for miles for a treat, kids will get to fill up on candy by circling a parking lot full of decorated cars on Oct. 29 at the town park on Route 6.
The event is gaining lots of buzz in Greenville, where about 4,200 residents live, sprawled out in an area connected by 60-plus miles of road.
It's interesting how in a totally auto-centric culture, their solution was to recreate the door-to-door practice of trick or treating by going car-to-car in a parking lot. As I like to say, when you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
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