Tonight Cpl. Smith of the Takoma Park Police will escort Halloween Trick & Treaters along this route:
- 7500 Maple Avenue (Municipal Building)
- Grant Avenue, crossing over to Ray Drive
- Left on New York Avenue
- Right on Baltimore Avenue
- Follow to short section of Takoma Avenue
- Right on Piney Branch Avenue
- Left on Eastern Avenue
- Left on Holly Avenue
- Right on Dogwood Avenue
- Cedar Avenue (both sides) to Tulip Avenue
- Left on Spruce Avenue to Park Avenue
- Circle the neighborhood back around to Willow Avenue
- Willow Avenue to Valley View Avenue
- End at Maple Avenue (Municipal Building)
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This is a long route so we suppose you can join in and leave wherever convenient.
Jill Feasley keeps a yearly tally. Here is her list for 2007.
Total trick-or-treaters: 131
(this is down from last year's all-time high: 157)
First trick-or-treaters: 5:52 p.m.
Last trick-or-treater: 8:46 p.m.
Peak period: 7:30 - 8:00 (42 trick-or-treaters)
The (rough) Costume Break-down (it's hard to remember all the costumes when a big group of kids comes up):
14 Princesses/Fairies (including 4 Tinkerbells and 1 dog dressed as Tinkerbell)
10 Ghouls/Zombies (including "Death Himself" and Edvard Munch's "The Scream")
7 "First Responders" (3 fire fighters, 2 police men, 2 ER surgeons)
4 Kids dressed in "Silly/Random" clothes
3 Pippi Longstockings
3 Surfer dudes
3 Girls wearing Hot Pink Wigs (all trick-or-treating separately; not in the same group)
2 Black cats
1 Crack dealer
1 Couch potato
2 Little Old Ladies
2 "Mix and Match" girls
2 Exercise women from the 1980's (think leg warmers and bad hair)
2 Karate kids
2 Sports guys (generic)
1 Extreme Redskins fan (and only one)
Football playing girl goth (so not a cheerleader)
A Baltimore "Hon"
High school janitor
Evergreen tree with cardinals
Girl dressed as a rainbow
A group of kids that formed a rainbow (one was dressed in red, one was dressed in orange, etc.)
Thomas the Tank Engine
A Young Republican
George Bush's illegitimate daughter
Hazardous Waste worker
Generic/Jack of all Trades fairy tale girl
An "abused child"
and one girl who, when asked about her costume, answered, "It's complicated. Just give me the candy."