|Published:||Oct 31, 2012 10:57 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 01, 2012 12:34 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Trick-Or-Treaters were out in full force Wednesday night, but some in North Naples were turned away from what has become one of the busiest neighborhoods on Halloween.
Indigo Lakes, a gated community off Collier Boulevard, has a pass system. That's because in past years, the traffic has been so out of control it's become a safety issue.
That means a guess pass is a must if you want to Trick-Or-Treat inside the gates.
Hundreds of ghosts and goblins made their way from house to house inside Indigo Lakes. The gated community has become a hot spot for Trick-Or-Treaters over the years.
"There would be cars on everyone's lawn, cars couldn't get in and out, emergency vehicles couldn't get in and out and it was just way too many grown-ups, vehicles and it was too dangerous," says longtime resident Cheryl Boutot.
For the past few years, in order to cut down on the chaos, Sheriff's Deputies guard the gate and only residents and those with a guest pass can get in.
Manny Perez and his friends drove over from Golden Gate Estates. They said they've spent many Halloweens inside Indigo Lakes, but were turned away this year. "We tried to get in to go Trick-Or-Treating but these people didn't let us because we didn't have a pass. I don't think it's right, we're just trying to get some candy."
"If they have a guest pass, they're more than welcome to come in," says David Stevens, a resident in charge of the safety committee. He says the decision to deny people access came down to a safety issue for Trick-Or-Treaters.
"I don't know where they're coming from. Some people just drive by and say here's a great place. They stop and just want to go in and Trick-Or-Treat."
Resident Robert Hunter says they still see as many as 500 Trick-Or-Treaters and the passes haven't cut down on the number of kids or the fun, but they have controlled all the traffic that once flooded this neighborhood.
"The kids can walk along the sides of the street and not have too much traffic, so if the passes work for that, for the safety of children on Halloween, that works for me," says Hunter.
Indigo Lakes gave out 500 guest passes this Halloween.
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