Halloween Update: Live From The Epicenter

An “06880” reader who wishes — for obvious reasons — to hide behind a mask of anonymity wrote at 4 p.m. today:

Greetings from Oak Street, the epicenter of trick or treating for Weston children* whose families cut through here to avoid the light on Main St. and Clinton.

I just put 475 candy bars into baskets. I ran out last year at 7 p.m. Now I am pondering not the ethics of this Weston tradition, but an etiquette question:  Would a sign saying something to the effect of “happy to be of use to you and your family again this year; now would you consider slowing down that Range Rover, and maybe stopping at either of the stop signs the next time you blast past my house?” be okay?

*Scientific fact:  My neighbor taught elementary school in Weston for 30 years. She said 75% of the kids she saw were from Weston.

"Hah! We live in Weston, where there's 2-acre zoning. Your houses are MUCH closer together!"

“Hah! We live in Weston, where there’s 2-acre zoning. Your houses are MUCH closer together!”

3 responses to “Halloween Update: Live From The Epicenter

  1. I lived in Weston for 15 years. I raised two kids there. I have never owned a Range Rover. I never took my kids to Westport to trick or treat – except for the time we lived in Westport. I find it hard to believe that people in Weston drive through your neighborhood faster than Westporters.

    This post seems mean spirited and wrongly damming of an entire town to me. I would think that such bias wouldn’t be welcome here.

  2. Ginnny Williams

    I don’t think the post is mean to be mean spirited. I grew up in that neighborhood and, after being away for 20 years, am living there again.

    I drove (slowly) through it last year at the height of Halloween. The crowds were terrible with parents sitting in their cars or clustered on the street waiting for their kids to finish collecting candy. Honestly, it’s nice for the kids who otherwise wouldn’t have that experience, but 475 candy bars by 7pm is more than anyone should be expected to give out. How about if the parents who bring their kids to someone else’s neighborhood contribute to the fun by doing a trunk or treat? It would be a nice way to give back to the people who live there.

    I can testify that the use of Oak street as a cut through has made a nice quiet neighborhood very dangerous. I have no idea where people live or where they’re going to, but even the speed humps in the road don’t help. The street are narrow with low visibility.

    I wish people would remember that the roads they are careening over are someone else’s cozy neighborhood.

  3. Lety’s feel some compassion for those Weston kids and thier two acre island homes. They only get to play with others once a year on Halloween. Now it’s back to the islands.