Harrison Blvd. is the place to be on Halloween



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 12:26 PM

Residents prepare for trick-or-treaters

BOISE -- The economy has many cutting back on Halloween spending this year in what is expected to be a reoccurring theme through the holidays.

But will it mean fewer treats on one of Boise's most popular trick-or-treat streets?

Come Halloween night Harrison Boulevard will be packed with trick-or-treaters!

Residents say they look forward to the madness and didn't want to let the economy bog down the annual tradition.

Every year one of the city's most historic streets turns into Halloween on Harrison -- a trick-or-treat extravaganza.

Drivers crawl at a snail's pace and local fraternities donate their time as crossing guards -- all in an effort to keep thousands of kids safe along Harrison Boulevard.

"That's been great for all the kids out here, it's pretty mayhem," said Jason Bennett.

"It's basically for 3 to 12 year olds," said Shelley Smith-Eichmann.

"They line up, they are all the way down the street and it's a huge event," said Becky Iliff.

One day before Halloween, those who live along Harrison are busy getting prepared for the huge event.

"I am putting up decorations," said Sharon Oster.

From decorations to candy, it's a costly tradition for these homeowners.

"Just piles and piles of candy It's probably about $400 to $500," said Jason Bennett.

"I did spend at least $200 on little candy bars," said Lisa Hudson.

Hundreds of dollars on candy is a big price that has some residents proceeding with caution.

"We have bought a lot of candy on sale and my husband and I discussed it that we are going to turn out our lights when we run out," said Smith-Eichmann.

But most people tell us they're still planning on handing out candy to the nearly 3,000 trick-or-treaters expected this year.

"There may be other things we cut back on but Halloween is very special to us," said Lisa Hudson.

"It's a tradition and we do it every year no matter what," said Iliff.

"If you live on Harrison you expect to do this," said Oster.

"Everyone is obviously affected by the economy but we are still very thankful to be able to do it, and we are anticipating a big turnout and are ready for everybody," said Bennett.

Residents say trick-or-treaters generally start showing up around 5 p.m.

They typically stop handing out candy and shut off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

And although Halloween is on a Friday this year, they will not be staying up late to hand out candy.