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Ossining's Indian Village: The Best Trick or Treating Neighborhood

After freezing with no heat for 2 days, trick or treating in our old neighborhood warmed our hearts.

After having grown up in the Indian Village in Ossining and moving to nearby Chilmark to raise my family, I have to give a huge hat tip to the old neighborhood. The worst October snowstorm in Westchester history knocked power out in my neighborhood for 2 days, sending the temparature plummeting in my home Sunday night and forcing us to "camp" by the fireplace, so my wife and I decided that we'd carpetbag the kids for Halloween. 

"Carpetbagging" might be a strong term, but with the power out in Chilmark for so long, we weren't sure that we'd get much bang for our buck with 4 childen trudging through a half (if that) populated neighborhood in the cold. And across Pleasantville road the houses were closer together, power was never interrupted, and I had lots of experience as a child squeezing the most high fructose corn syrup I could from the neighbors. So off we went. And we weren't disappointed. 

There is a special kind of wonderful a father experiences when the front door of a home opens and the folks doling out the candy were the same people who handed me candy 40 years ago. But that is exactly what happened in about half a dozen of the homes we haunted, and plenty of others knew us from when we lived there up until 2007. My oldest son, now 9, vaguely remembered his first Halloween walking around Osage Drive. 

After two days of no heat or electric, cold nights and spartan living, it was a joy to regain power late in the day and to reconnect with familiar faces on one of the happiest nights of a child's life. When we returned home we found our home's heart beating once again and the furnace warm once more, but the warmth we shared with old neighbors in our old neighborhood this Halloween night was even better still.

It's too late to go trick or treating in the Indian Village now, but if you are in the area next year, take a walk by.  And when December rolls around, just wait until I tell you what the neighborhood does for Christmas Eve. We've had our share of headaches in this town; but on a night like tonight, it is wonderful to see what makes ours such a great community.  

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J Philip Faranda November 02, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Jane, we love Chilmark as much as we love our old street where we still own property. It really was great to see people that knew my parents as far back as the 1950's. We moved to get a bigger home for our growing family and have had great Halloweens here since 2007 and expect many more, weather permitting of course. Our neighbors here are wonderful, but few were home with the 3-day power outage. I am really sorry that candy is so expensive. So is gasoline and everything else these days isn't it! Have a great day.
WestchesterRules November 03, 2011 at 12:13 AM
J Philip, I really must wonder why you always write about Main Street, Ossining, the bakery, all the things your parents had etc etc when you live in Briarcliff and your office isn't in the village of Ossining either.....Why are you so still interested in the village and why don't you comment on Briarcliff people and places? Is the property you still own in Indian Village the one with the for sale sign on it J Philip Real Estate for around 3 years?
J Philip Faranda November 03, 2011 at 12:21 AM
WestchesterRules, I write about Ossining and a little about Croton because this is the Ossining Croton Patch site. I put out far more content on Briarcliff and the rest of Westchester on my other sites which are linked on my profile. I may live in Briarcliff but we still reside in the Ossining school district.
Kathleen November 03, 2011 at 01:50 AM
It seems you were only setting out to highlight the generosity & warmth, and give credit to your childhood neighborhood. I love that line about how there is a special kind of wonderful a father experiences when the front door opens and you see the same people who used to give you candy on Halloween – that truly is special.
WestchesterRules November 03, 2011 at 11:38 PM
J Philip, Thank you but I didn't really want to know where you post, just curious about topics. I did look at the Briarcliff Pleasantville Patch and didn't see any blogs from you there. Its wonderful you feel so honored to have grown up in Ossining, but I must agree with "Jane" the person who wrote before. She is correct. Briarcliff and Croton officials cancelled Halloween, so everyone came to Ossining!

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