To the editor: My family and I have been visiting the Shannon Park neighborhood on Halloween for the past several years. It’s a very trick-or-treat friendly part of Fairbanks and generally provides a safe environment for our two young children to experience trick-or-treating as it should be experienced. We’re very thankful for that, as our neighborhood doesn’t have any trick-or-treating, so a sincere thank you to the residents of Shannon Park is due.
As far as weather is concerned, the past few Halloweens have been unseasonably mild, to say the least — warm temperatures, little snow, etc. In other words, a nice night for a long walk.
Notwithstanding the pleasant conditions, dozens of parents continue to drive their vehicles up and down the blocks — from door to door — rather than get out and walk with their kids. Granted, this may not be an option for some folks who are physically incapable of doing so and who still want their kids to enjoy an evening of trick-or-treating. I get that. But for everybody else, there’s no excuse. The convoy of lazy parents creeping along the roads in their vehicles makes for an unsafe environment. In what could be best described as “Frogger”-like conditions, kids (and parents) are having to weave in and out between multiple (sometimes parked, sometimes moving, always running) vehicles, and this all happens in the dark of night. The growing haze of vehicle exhaust hovering above the streets also adds to the unsafe factor.
All in all, it can get a bit chaotic. But alas, there’s a solution: If your legs work, gear up, park your vehicle and walk; your kids will appreciate the company, and you’ll get to see their faces light up as they haul their sugary load from one home to the next. If not, a quick trip to Fred’s will fill your kids’ candy needs and you can be happily lethargic in the comfort of your own home.
Again, thank you to all Shannon Park residents for making Halloween such an enjoyable experience for Fairbanks-area kids.