There’s a good reason people used to be afraid of vampires and werewolves. Watch old films and you will realize that people only had torches and pointy sticks to defend themselves from supernatural terrors. Occasionally, there would be an old timer with a crossbow and bolts of precious metals, but he was almost as scary as those fanged fellows. Today, goblins and ghouls should be just as afraid of us as we are of them. Not only have we been thoroughly informed on their habits and weaknesses thanks to countless Halloween B movies, but we are equipped with way more than sharp and flaming sticks. Halloween has gone high tech.
As any 5-year old will tell you, Halloween only exists out of necessity to allow trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating, the delightful tradition where young children run around from house to house giving ultimatums to their elders. Oh, raisins and a penny, eh? Eggs for you buddy. This year, kids will be able to take their trick-or-treating, and subsequently their candy hauls, to the next level.
Nextdoor, a private social network designed to keep neighbors in touch, has created a heat map for 20 major cities, showing the most prime candy collecting spots. Undoubtedly, children throughout these 20 cities have been studying these maps and preparing their battle plans with the earnest devotion of a 5-star general.
The days when you accosted only your neighbors and the people you knew for sweets are over. The trick-or-treating game is changing, and these kids mean business. Collecting anything less than king size is to fail. It’s all heat maps, vans, drop-offs, and extraction points.
The poor kids living outside of those 20 cities lucky enough to have a heat map revealing the nougaty centers of the candy zone hotspots will have to rely on old-fashioned methods of getting a big score. Armed with smartphones, many children will be sending texts, calling their friends, and tweeting the world where prime candy harvesting can be found. Call it trick-or-tweeting.