Halloween: The Night Suburbanites Crash the City
6th Street Halloween night 2011. (Click for larger view)
Does anyone know the history of Traverse City’s 6th Street as the region’s mecca for Halloween trick ‘o treating? Was there some lead agent back in the 50’s who called it to order? I grew-up in Lake Ann and certainly recall at least one Halloween night in the 70’s where we made the 18 mile drive for some sugary handouts.
Is it simply that more density = more candy in the least amount time? As the region has grown in population, it’s done so mainly through sprawl, as such TC’s neighborhoods would predictably see an uptick on Halloween; it is a walking holiday after all. Still, you don’t see the same number of goblins and zombies crashing Traverse Heights and other dense city ‘hoods. I suspect, in part, because of a lack of sidewalks and other features that make walking enjoyable.
Halloween is an annual walkability test–how does your neighborhood shape up?