Alert “06880” reader Betsy Phillips moved to the Compo Beach area from North Carolina.
One of the 1st warnings she heard was that the neighborhood’s close-together houses attracted “1500 to 2000” kids every Halloween.
“Buy a closet-load of candy,” she was told.
Last year, starting around 6, Betsy watched in amazement as hundreds of costumed children poured down the street.
“It’s spectacular,” she has the grace to say.
As residents are flooded by non-beach people (even out-of-towners) attracted by the easy pickings, they have 2 choices.
“Either you go with it, and hunker down awaiting the goblins witches and superheroes, or you go dark and don’t answer the door,” she says.
Betsy not only enjoys the influx — she embraces it. This evening she and Dan Kahn will host a “Boo y’all” party — remember, she’s from the South — for plenty of adult friends.
“I love the decorations,” Betsy says of Compo at this time of year. “And I love all the old-timey neighborhood fun.”
I’m sure there are some Crabby Appletons nearby. If they can’t get in the Halloween spirit like Betsy does, I’ve got 3 words:
Move to Weston.