Categories: GIS Learning

Halloween GIS Fun

Looking to add a little geo to your Halloween beyond the of proliferation Halloween Trick or Treater online maps?


Halloween Cartography

Gretchen Petersen has pulled together Halloween themed graphics for mapping on her blog.  The selection of three font collections includes a scary type font called Mostly Typeface by Chad Savage as well as Halloween symbol sets.  These fonts can be brought into ArcGIS or another GIS application to bring some Halloween fun to your maps.

Use GIS to Maximize Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Paul L. Knight and Kevin Clark analyzed the best urban neighborhood designs for trick-or-treating using GIS analysis.   The biggest candy haul is a function of route efficiency, candy distributors per block (typically dwelling units), and “candy density” (candy pieces per acre).  Knight and Clark noted that traditional neighborhood design which offers more walkable mixed used areas results in a bigger haul of candy over suburban design which is mostly cul-de-sac in nature.  The article looked at the potential candy score of two neighborhoods: the Conley Creek Subdivision (suburban) versus Glenwood Park (mixed used urban).  The analysis found that Glenwood Park had the potential to yield three times more candy yet take half as much time to obtain the candy as the Conley Creek Subdivision. Check out the Maximize Your Halloween with New Urbanism.

Glenwood Park (top) has the potential to yield three times more candy with a candy density of almost 5 times that of Conley Creek Subdivision (bottom).

Mapify Your Pumpkins

Google Maps has created pumpkin cutouts that you can use to Mapify your pumpkins for Hallowe’en.  Print out the pages on this Google Maps Pumpkin PDF, attach the guides to your pumpkin, and use the cutouts to create Google Map themed pumpkins.

Options include the Google Maps marker and the Google Earth logo. (Via @ManoMarks)

Geography of Horror

Esri has created a story map entitled The Geography of Horror which shows where more than 200 of the best rated horror films took place. Data is pulled from Wikipedia and IMDB.  Scroll through a list organized by decade or click on markers on the map for details about each horror flick.


Map of Halloween Costumes

Esri has mapped out Halloween costume spending across the United States from 2010.  The full sized map is here (PDF).

Map of Halloween Costume Spending Across the United States. Source: Esri.

The Great Pumpkin


Linus wasn’t waiting in vain after all! In this release from Space Imaging, a satellite image was taken on September 8th, 2002 of a picture of a pumpkin that had been carved into a field. The image is of a 5 acre corn field located in Kentucky. Making up a maze, the design reveals a Jack o’lantern when viewed from above.

Click on image for larger size. IKONOS image from Space Imaging, 2002.

Visitors can climb up onto the viewing platform located in the nose of the pumpkin. As explained by Space Imaging, the images were captured as part of the Kentucky Landscape Snapshot (KLS) Project which will be used to study changes in Kentucky’s landscape. Satellite imagery will be captured of Kentucky’s urban, rural and forest land at intervals to study how the landscape is changing over time.

Have a scary Hallowe’en!

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