A Planner's Halloween: Unsafe Streets, Haunted Cities, and Clever Costumes
This year's top Halloween costume: a public service announcement to drive safely on Halloween.
I set out this morning to find all the Halloween-related content I could find. I especially was hoping to find tons of clever new examples of planning-, urbanism-, and transportation-related Halloween costume ideas to add to Planetizen's growing record of the genre.
We'll get to those eventually, but first, I have to point out something I'm sure you'll have noticed as well. By my unofficial count, 99.9 percent of all transportation-related Halloween content amounts to begging the public to drive safely.
— Portland Bureau of Transportation (@PBOTinfo) October 30, 2018
— U-M DPSS (@umichdpss) October 27, 2018
— Texas Department of Transportation (@TxDOT) October 27, 2018
If you'll excuse some gallows humor on this most unholy of days: the greatest horror on Halloween is the likelihood of getting run over by a speeding or inebriated driver. Cars are about 43 percent more likely to kill pedestrians on Halloween than a random autumn night, according to data cited in an article by Rachel Becker.
It's like all Halloween fun comes with a disclaimer about driving safely, walking safely, and taking safe rides home, before the fun can even begin. The concern is high enough that some cities have highly-regulated Halloween behavior. It's horrifying that we can't all be safe while walking and driving the streets.
So, like the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, I have prefaced the fun Halloween content with a lecture. Now here's what I found while looking for Halloween fun on the Internet today, with a few classics of the genre thrown in.
There's lots of ways to find spooks in the dark corners of cities. If you're afraid of ghosts, maybe stay home and read about them instead.
Looking for Affordable Housing? Try Near a Cemetery (CityLab)
Looking for cheap rent? Try a haunted house (The Guardian)
A Haunted Tour of the Hudson River Tunnels (RPA Lab)
This Bethesda Parking Garage Might Be The Spookiest Place In The Region (DCist)
I buried the lede, but it's come back to life: planning costumes of course!
Don’t have a costume yet? Try our urbanist Halloween costume generator. (Greater Greater Washington)
Top Twin Cities Urbanist Halloween Costumes for 2018! (streets mn)
Tentacular evil emerges from the Philadelphia Navy Yard (The Architect's Newspaper)
— Amy Plitt (@plitter) October 31, 2018
My kids are dressed up as a Metrobus driver and an old-time DC Streetcar operator and we got on a bus this morning with three @wmata trainees and it was pretty much the best bus ride of all time. Happy Halloween! pic.twitter.com/KT2O7yisyL
— Alex Dodds (@alexgdodds) October 31, 2018
— MOSES (@_MMAYNEZ) October 28, 2018
— Jenn Li (@JennLi123) October 29, 2018
— Cathy Tuttle (@CathyTuttle) October 31, 2018
Archie, I've Fixed You Up With A Blind Date That Has Her Own Transportation!#Comics #Archie #ArchieComics @ArchieComics #Horror #HorrorComics #Halloween #Humor #HumorComics #Witches pic.twitter.com/OjnlbXc7Z4
— BrowseTheStacks (@BrowseTheStacks) October 31, 2018
— Northern Virginia's Transportation Authority (@NVTAuthority) October 31, 2018
— Wynne (@GoWynneTX) October 31, 2018
— Sarah Aida Gonzalez (@GonzalezSarahA) October 31, 2016
for halloween i'm going as an architecture critic. gonna wear all black and generally act like a self-aggrandizing know-it-all jerk. sound right?
— mark lamster (@marklamster) October 31, 2018
Shoutout to this morning’s BART driver who clearly announces every stop, thanks everyone for riding, and wishes them a Happy Halloween
(it’s the little things, right?)
— Allison Arieff (@aarieff) October 31, 2018