Sunday, October 31, 2004
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
Isnt it ironic and somewhat poignant that when it comes to trick-or-treating neighborhoods, what kids really want is Westport in its pre-teardown state: small houses in cozy neighborhoods, densely packed, short front walks, with porches sporting cheery (or scary) jack-o-lanterns?
Gault Avenue: one of Westport’s best trick-or-treat streets. WestportNow.com photo
Fortunately, Westport has a few of those neighborhoods left, and on Halloween night these treasured places become wildly popular.
(Surprisingly, one of our town֒s newest and least New England-style developments is also highly sought by trick-or-treaters.)
The good-hearted residents of these neighborhoods return the compliment by going all out for the towns ghosts, goblins, grim reapers, and Little Mermaids.
For the new to town or uninitiated, here are some of the best spots to score the biggest cache of Halloween loot.
But first, a few words of advice to the kids:
Go for density: you want to cover the most area in the least time, allowing you to score the maximum candy-per-mile-trudged ratio.
Avoid long steep driveways. The parent schlepping behind you will thank you.
Stoop-side jack-o-lanterns, ghost-adorned trees, Halloween decorations and lit porch lights show the homeowners are in the right spirit.
Ditto if the front door light is off or the house is dark, skip it.
Keep in mind that big houses do not equate with big candy bars. Big houses come with big mortgages.
Keep your candy expectations modest in the beach area. The beach area residents are famous for their generosity with trick-or-treaters. But those tax reval notices are never far from their minds.
Dont forget to bring lots of flashlights, and even better, one of those blinking lights to wear on your costume. ItҒs going to be dark!
No matter how enticing you imagine the treats may be, dont bother to stop at Martha StewartҒs house on Turkey Hill. Take it from me - shes not home.
When you get home, hide your candy. No, I mean really hide it. Your parents will be grateful. Sandhopper Trail: another Gault development sweet spot. WestportNow.com photo
WestportҒs best trick-or-treating neighborhoods:
Youll run into most of the town (although theyҒll be unrecognizable in masks and face paint) in the Compo Beach area. Park at the Soundview lot and take all those charming little streets off Soundview Drive: Norwalk, Danbury, Westport, and Fairfield Avenues, and Bradley Street.
The streets off Bulkley Avenue North near the Fairfield border: Westfair Drive, Hunting Road, Dexter Road, Brook Lane, Sunny Acres Lane.
Saugatuck Shores: Take 136 past the train station, left on Duck Pond, left onto Harbor Road, then follow along the Saugatuck River to all those little poetically named streets like Plover Lane, Pebble Beach Lane, Bermuda Road, Promised Road, Spriteview and Marine Avenues, Seaspray Road. If theres moonlight on the water, even better.
DonҒt forget the condominiums: Landsdowne, Regents Park, and Harvest Commons are well-lit and welcoming. You can hardly do better when it comes to candy-per-square foot.
The streets off Maple Avenue North, not far from Long Lots Elementary School: Old Road, Orchard Road, Forest Avenue, Davis Lane, Elizabeth Drive, Oakview Circle. What a neighborhood used to be and don֒t we wish they still were?
High Point Road off Long Lots. One long street, nice and flat, that seems to go on forever.
And last but certainly not least: Gault Avenue off Compo Road South, and all those streets in the Gault development is arguably the trick-or-treat neighborhood.
What the neighborhood lacks in architectural originality is made up in imaginative Halloween adornments. (Dont miss the huge spider caught in a web on Sandhopper Trail.) Arrive early. The lights go off in Gault promptly at 9 p.m. when the neighborhood breathes a big sigh of relief.
Most of all, everyone have a happy, safe, and yummy Halloween!
Posted 10/31/04 at 03:58 PM Permalink
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I thought Trick-or-Treating was supposed to happen in your own neighborhood where people know the kids who come to the door, or get to know them. If you have to drive there, it’s a gimme thing. And who stays home at your house to answer your doorbell?
I agree. I think some poor inner-city families might trek into the burbs, but I can’t believe Westport folks would trek all over town to get the best goodies. It’s a neighborhood thing. If someone needs candy that bad, just go to CVS. If you are too cheap to buy your own, just think how much gas your SUV used to drive all over town.
I grew up on High Point Road. It’s a great street—but it’s NOT flat!
People trek all over Westport not as much for the candy, but to find a neighborhood with sidewalks, better lighting, and less traffic for the kids’ safety and parents’ peace-of-mind.
Exactly, although some may also do it to get away from those who make snotty comments about SUVs.
Well it’s unfortunate if someone lives in a less desirable part of Westport that might have doesn’t have sidewalks, better lighting, and less traffic. But it isn’t really fair to lug kids all over town to houses of people you don’t even know just to get some candy.
You failed to include the in-town area of
Washington/Gorham/Evergreen and their connected
streets in your recommendations…IMHO, Compo
Beach exceeded its capacity this year with
1,000+ Trick-or-Treaters (& in the best instances,
their accompanying parents)...let’s find
some other areas around town—maybe the
police/DOT can cordon some of the busier
roads—so the Beach area can “share the
fun” with the rest of Westport…
p.s. where parents were present, so
were the manners, in most cases…
I can see why many houses chose to
remain dark (esp. those of our elderly
Sh-h-h, as a Juniper Road resident I was hoping to keep the Washington/Evergreen/Gorham/Juniper area our neighborhood secret. In addition to great treats and welcoming homes, the yard decorations were spectacular (thank you Ed and Fred).
compo commons an uncreative neighborhood? have you seen 12 wheeler gate? do you think nantucket is uncreative?
Some people might leave their houses just to see friends, they might not live in the neighborhood and halloween is a good time for them to go see friends. The point of this holiday is TO GET CANDY and i myself living on gault dont have a problem with people from other neighborhood comming to the safer neighborhoods. It fun!