Check out Auburn's favorite haunts for trick-or-treaters

Several neighborhoods offer spooky delights
By: By Leah Rosasco, Journal Correspondent
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Costumes are getting their last bit of glitter and gore and jack-o-lanterns and ghosts are popping up on front porches as Halloween arrives.

Although it is believed that Halloween originated with the Celtics as a means of marking the end of summer’s bounty of crops and the beginning of winter’s cold dark days, modern-day Halloween has evolved into a time for community gatherings and events, including trick-or-treating. Although just about any house with its porch light on is likely to have a bowl of candy ready for the giving, several Auburn neighborhoods stand out as favorite trick-or-treating destinations.

Vintage Oaks subdivision, located off of Auburn-Folsom Road in south Auburn, is as popular for bountiful trick-or-treating as it is for its decorations. In years past residents have decked out their homes with haunted tunnels, monsters and goblins. Elaine Fairz, who has lived in the Vintage Oaks subdivision for 16 years, said she and her husband “go all out” with Halloween decorations and treats.

“We are from England originally so Halloween was new to us,” Fairz said. “We love it. It’s just nice to see families out wanting to do something together.”

Other bustling trick-or-treating destinations in South Auburn include the Skyridge area and the Montecielo and Falcons Point subdivisions.

For those who prefer a more low-key outing, Del Monte Way, off of Foresthill Avenue, is a quiet loop with a limited number of homes that is popular with families who have very young and first-time trick-or-treaters. Further north on Lincoln Way is the Hidden Glen Subdivision, which is also a neighborhood that is popular with families who want a little less activity.

Cari Scott, of Meadow Vista, said she and her family like to trick or treat at Hidden Glen because it is less hectic.

“It’s a great place and it’s really good for families,” Scott said. “There are just enough houses and the walk isn’t too long.”

Although trick-or-treating is generally considered a fun, family-centered event, Auburn Police Chief, John Ruffcorn, said there are also certain risks that can be addressed when parents and kids follow a few simple rules. Adults should establish with older kids who are going out without supervision where they will be trick-or-treating, when they will be home, and what kind of behavior is expected of them, Ruffcorn said.

“Parents need to let the older kids know that there are ramifications if they decide to do tricks if they don’t get treats,” Ruffcorn said.

Costumes should include reflective material and kids should not be permitted to carry anything that has an open flame or a laser beam, Ruffcorn said, and of course kids should not eat any treats until an adult has had a chance to inspect them.

“All of our neighborhoods here in the City are safe,” Ruffcorn said. “But people need to do their part to be safe as well.”

Those who opt to skip traditional trick-or-treating can take part in Auburn’s Safe Trick or Treat. Merchants in old town and downtown Auburn displaying a pumpkin pie plate will hand out safe treats between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Although costumes are not required they are suggested.

Adele Wise, owner of Wildflower in downtown Auburn, said she has participated in the Safe Trick or Treat every year since the event began.

Although Wildflower has operated in Downtown Auburn since 1982, the store moved to its current location, next to the Monkey Cat restaurant, in January. Wise said she has been told she can expect more kids at her new location, which she is looking forward to.

“The kids are so cute and so excited,” Wise said. “It’s nice because it’s nothing scary, it’s just fun.”