Looking for a safe place for your kids to trick or treat in Spartanburg? Local mom, Jennifer, tells us about the right way to trick or treat in a neighborhood that is not your own. Read on to find suggested Spartanburg neighborhoods for trick-or-treating and guidelines.
When I first moved to Spartanburg, I was delighted to find such a Halloween-friendly town. Our first Halloween was in our neighborhood in Boiling Springs. Several homes were decorated, and most families participated. Our streets were lined with kids in costumes and the atmosphere was jovial and safe. There was even one smart family that loaded up their kids and friends into makeshift hayride.
After experiencing such a fun first Halloween, we began inviting friends to our neighborhood for Halloween after learning that is not the case for everyone. While there is not a definitive reason, some neighborhoods just seem to be more Halloween-friendly than others. Of course, this comes down to several factors such as the number of children in the neighborhood and the night trick-or-treating takes place.
Be sure to also see our guide to all the Spartanburg Halloween events in our area throughout the rest of the month!
Special note – The City of Spartanburg says Halloween is on Halloween (October 31st) beginning at dusk, but you should always check with the neighborhood association to determine if trick-or-treating will take place this evening or a different night.
Why Children Trick-or-Treat in Other Neighborhoods
Generally, families take their kids to other neighborhoods because they want their kids to have a safe and fun Halloween. While there is not a set rule about trick-or-treating in other neighborhoods, it is generally accepted as long as you are respectful.
However, there are some who frown upon the idea. Recognizing that some people are not fans of Halloween hopping, it is best to go to neighborhoods where you have been invited personally or that you know are welcoming to visitors.
Halloween hopping is popular in Spartanburg for many reasons. Spartanburg County has several rural neighborhoods, which makes these neighborhoods not Halloween-friendly. It is hard for kids to trick-or-treat when they have to trek great distances from one house to another. Additionally, there are several neighborhoods in the area that do not have sidewalks or are not well-lit making safety a concern for trick-or-treaters.
So, the neighborhoods with homes that are closer together, well-lit roads, and police blockades are going to be visited by more trick-or-treaters.
Suggestions from Kidding Around Spartanburg Readers
We asked readers for recommendations of neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Here are some of the comments we received:
Converse Heights/Downtown Spartanburg – They have had up to 1000 trick-or-treaters. Maren said, “I heard it was big, but I didn’t believe people until our first year living here.”
Ravenwood/Boiling Springs – Jessey said, “We always have tons of trick or treaters for hours. Many families resort to golf carts, so the residents are very slow moving and understanding of our yearly visitors.”
Lyman Mill Village/Lyman – Shannon said, “Try to get there when it starts at 5 pm. Hot Dogs, popcorn and balloons are usually provided by a church also.”
Rock Springs/Westside Spartanburg – Melissa said, “My kids get so much candy! There are so many houses, it is nicely light up, and there are sidewalks […] Bring an extra bag to put excess candy in. LOL. Also, there are several divisions of Rock Springs, but they are all super friendly.”
Cobbs Creek/Boiling Springs
Hanging Rock/Boiling Springs
The Right Way to Trick-or-Treat Somewhere New
If you do decide to Halloween Hop, you must do it the right way. What is the right way? The respectful way. Follow these suggestions to make your trick-or-treating enjoyable for all involved:
Be respectful. Follow the neighborhood rules.
Do not visit homes with their lights turned off. If the lights are off, it means they are not participating (or have run out of candy).
Try to stay off the grass. Have your kids use the driveways and sidewalks.
Be polite. Teach your children to say, “Trick or Treat!” and “Thank you!” each time they visit a home.
Be alert. If you are walking, look for cars. If you are driving, drive very slowly and watch for children. Keep in mind, costumed children may be hard to see in the dark. If you can, drive with your windows down to hear as well as see.
Leave before all the lights go out. It is better to leave early than to be the last one trick-or-treating. Let the neighborhood go to bed at a decent hour.
Other Options if Your Neighborhood is Not Halloween-Friendly
If your neighborhood is not Halloween-friendly and you’d rather not visit another neighborhood, TCMU Spartanburg will have trick or treating from 9-5 on October 31. Be sure to also see our guide to all the Spartanburg Halloween events in our area throughout the rest of the month! You’ll find options for Halloween night, as well as events leading up to the big night. As we get closer to Halloween 2019, we will add more events for Halloween night.
Where will your kids be spending Halloween night this year?