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Another Reason Fairmount Is Best, and a Couple Why It Isn’t

October 27, 2013


Now, during the Halloween season, there are some added reasons why Fairmount is awesome. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings out the worst in some people. 

Today (Sunday), we got to enjoy some local fun when we took Owen to the Fairmount Arts Center for their annual Halloween party for the neighborhood’s children. Owen, dressed as the pirate pictured above (whom he dubbed “Capt. Dignity“), went and had some fun, playing with the other local kids, all dressed to the nines in their Halloween duds. 

They had face painters, arts and crafts, singers, and, unfortunately, a mime. It was a lot of fun, and the neighborhood all had a blast. 

Another beauty about the Halloween season here in Fairmount is the best haunted house in the country, Terror Behind the Walls. Hosted at the local haunted decommissioned prison located two blocks from our house, Eastern State Penitentiary, the greatest thing about the haunted house is local residents who are troubled by the parking problems that come with living here (more on that later), we get two free tickets to the show. 

This brings us to the bad things about our neighborhood. The parking is horrendous. And with the influx of all of the Terror Behind the Walls-goers, it’s impossible to park here on nights the haunted house is being held if we’re not back before 6:30 p.m.

Which brings us to another serious problem with our neighborhood: idiot bar-goers. After running some errands Saturday, I lucked into a spot at the foot of our street. We live within a few hundred yards of about 10 bars (and one possible underground bar/gambling establishment). Some of them have better reputations than others. 

Anyway, while taking Owen for a walk this afternoon, we walked down by my car to see someone had puked on it, all over the passenger-side window. This is the second time that has happened in the past few years. We have a habitual car puker in our neighborhood. 

If I find him, I will hurt him. 

This, however, isn’t the worst thing about our neighborhood during the Halloween season; “White Halloween” is. 

What is White Halloween, you ask? It’s a long story, but here we go.

There are a lot of younger families in the hood. (I count us among them.) A lot of these young families have moved here within the last few years. We have a great parents’ listserv, and on it a few days ago someone mentioned she got an anonymous slip of paper in her mail slot inviting her and her kids to take part in trick-or-treating Sunday, Oct. 27. She inquired on the listserv, wondering what the deal was, and why they weren’t doing the trick-or-treating on Halloween.

The block where she lives (and I don’t know which one it is) partake in a practice where they don’t allow their kids out to interact with the black kids who come into the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. They celebrate Halloween early, and then don’t open their doors on Halloween night. 

It’s disgusting, racist and one of the reasons I sometimes hate Fairmount. 

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