–By Dave Aynes and Russell Miller, Candler Park Residents–
A trick-or-treat tradition on Page Ave has been building momentum ever since around 2005. It was around that year that Rob Giersch freaked us all out when he lit a pumpkin on fire and others started vying for best Halloween house on the street. With all the new families moving here, Halloween on Page Ave, like Mary Lin student population….….just grew…and grew….and grew. By 2012, Page Ave was getting blocked off from end to end, and spiders, ghosts, and zombies covered nearly every home. On Saturday 10/31/2015, some estimates are that as many as 2500 people were on the street! Everyone ran out of candy and no fewer than 4 pumpkins were TORCHED!
As word has spread, Page Ave has become the “go to” street for many families in Candler Park, Lake Claire, and surrounding neighborhoods who want a safe environment for their children on this special night. In order to make Halloween on Page Ave safe, a handful of neighbors have been getting a street closure permit and have hired off duty APD officers for traffic control. Historically, the officers (and the candy) have been entirely funded by neighbors on an ad hoc basis, and the budget for the officers this year is approximately $1,000 (permit cost plus 5 officers X $45 X 4 hours) plus countless dollars for candy (in 2016, 1000 pieces didn’t cover the demand!). As a result of the growth, Page Ave has been granted a $250 block party grant from the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization to offset some of the cost of hosting this great neighborhood event.
We look forward to scaring you….we mean seeing you….this Halloween!