Homes on some streets see over 700 costumed kids
CHATHAM – It’s sunset on Halloween night. Do you know where your children are? Most likely they are on Kinderhook Street in the Village of Chatham. Houses on the half-mile long street have been known to get 700 to 800 trick-or-treaters.
“The houses are close together, it’s a long street, almost all residential,” said Chatham Village Police Chief Kevin Bohme of why Kinderhook Street is such a draw. He also says that Payn Avenue is another busy street on Halloween evening. “Our biggest concern on Payn Avenue and Kinderhook Street is cars,” said Chief Bohme in a recent interview. He says the village can’t block Kinderhook street traffic since it’s a main route through the village. Parents are very safety conscious on Halloween, he said, but one problem is traffic back-ups, as parents drive their kids from house to house and wait in their cars in the street.