The days surrounding Halloween have always possessed a certain confidence, a reassurance to all that Autumn is at its peak. In more temperate climates, you’d be able to identify all the Martha Stewart Living-esque leaf arrangements, festive lawn decorations and window dressings as you traipse through your local neighborhoods. However, in Jackson, where the blustery, Autumn months can come and go in a blink of an eye, Halloween is often a sign that winter is just around the corner.
No Jackson Halloween is complete without experiencing the early trick-or-treating Town Square event on the afternoon of the 31st. Families go all out dressing up their children for a parade of pint-sized ghastly ghouls and heartwarming mini-princesses. Each downtown shop hands out candy to all participants and it’s a wonderful example of Jackson’s sense of community. And, of course, its adorable youngsters.
Evening trick-or-treating in Jackson is a lot more strategic than simple neighborhood knockery. With the blossoming subdivisions that scatter the Jackson Hole valley, a young candy seeker must make a tough decision on how to access the best possible plunder. Do you make your way south of town to the homes in Rafter J Ranch or South Park? Or do you play on the home field, and maneuver the streets of East Jackson?
Either way, your parents will surely bundle you up and often (“Come on, Mom…”) make you wear your winter coat over your costume. A ghostly white snowstorm on Halloween is never an unusual event, and if you’re answering the door with the candy bowl, expect a snowy dusting on every vampire, witch and ninja that graces your front porch.
With annual parties at various locales around the valley, the adults always have an outlet to boogie in true Halloween style. Yes, Jackson Hole Halloweens are unlike any other, and why not! After all, the land of outlaws was made for doing things a little differently. Happy Halloween.