If there’s one holiday that master-planned communities (MPCs) do better than others, it’s Halloween. As a small community of its own, an MPC is the prime setup for filling up trick-or-treat bags and enjoying festivities with neighbors.
Here are 4 major ways MPCs do Halloween in style:
1. Optimized trick-or-treating (every child’s dream)
With so many neighborhoods in MPCs, there are a lot of houses to visit in walkable proximity via sidewalk. You got it, kids — that means more candy per square mile.
And for the ones accommodating the little candy solicitors, MPCs have local businesses and grocery stores right around the corner for any last-minute costume fixes or candy bowl refills. These local businesses may even participate in trick-or-treating like at Colorado’s Highlands Ranch community, where kids pick out a pumpkin and collect candy from employees.
2. They can keep the heels and take the wheels
A great (and tiring) thing about Halloween is the opportunity to parade around the neighborhood, but sometimes at a cost to costumed feet. Fortunately, MPC residents with electric vehicles (EVs) like golf carts don’t have to worry about forgoing fun and funky heels. With wide EV paths for pedestrians and golf carts to share, the whole family can get around quickly (and easily lug around those ambitious pillowcases of candy). Another fun option for families- safely decking or spooking out the EV (not imparing driving visibility) for the occasion.
3. Worrywarts can relax
Keeping safe during Halloween is a big concern for most parents, but MPCs make it easy to keep tabs on the kids with built-in safety features such as:
● low-speed-limit residential roads
● maintained landscaping and open areas
● well-lit streets and parking lots
● neighbors who look out for each other
● centrally located gathering places
4. They celebrate with spooktacular festivities all month long
A plethora of planned activities help residents get in the Halloween spirit. Many MPCs have festivals and activities for residents of all ages, like Nocatee’s family pumpkin carving event.
You can count on great entertainment, snacks and beverages to make an appearance at MPC Halloween parties. Other activities you may find at an MPC Halloween celebration include:
Competitions — Cross Creek Ranch in Texas holds a Scarecrow Festival where residents decorate a scarecrow to win a prize. Nocatee's annual, family-friendly Halloween Party always features a costume contest with various categories.
Markets — Serenbe in Georgia has local farmers and artisans set up shop for their residents for an October-themed marketplace. Nocatee’s Oktoberfest makes sure adults have just as much fun as the kids with German beers and entertainment.
Spooky fun — Highlands Ranch in Colorado has a paranormal party, a haunted forest, and even a haunted hayride.
Furry friends — Nevada’s Mountain’s Edge MPC holds a pet costume contest that doubles as an adoption event.
MPCs know how to make Halloween about community, safety and family festivities — the perfect potion that even the craftiest of witches would envy.