Brent Toderian asks the question in his latest column: Does your neighbourhood pass the ‘trick-or-treat’ test?

When it comes to trick-or-treating, walkable communities never fell out of favour. Even in higher density building forms like mid-rises or high-rise towers, if there are front doors along the street rather than blank walls and landscaping, good trick-or-treating is possible.

Here in Vancouver, our walkable streetscapes “by design,” our “podium townhouses,” or more recently our homes with front doors on the street at the base of mid and high-rises, make trick-or-treating a viable option in even the highest densities. Now if only kids could go from floor to floor easily in higher buildings! That’s Door Density!

Ah, but do kids actually show up at the doors on Hallowe’en?  Let us know, Downtown Southerners and Yaletown denizens.


UPDATE: Brent responds to responses.


  1. Thanks Gord! I hope you get some responses – I’m very curious to know if kids trick-or-treat in the ground-level townhouses/homes downtown, and if they can go from floor to floor in mid + high-rises (in my building, security prevents, as I suspect many buildings do). Yaletown has a lot of street-level retail rather than residential doors, but what about Downtown South and the West End?

    Brent Toderian

  2. I’ve lived in a downtown townhouse for over 3 years and I have not had a single trick or treator even though I put out pumpkins and other decorations.

  3. It’s an interesting question because as much as we joke about the reality of trading in kids for dogs, I do live in the area and I do see kids and families. I think I’ll have to wander around Yaletown on Halloween to get a read on it (with our dogs of course!).

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