Is this the best trick-or-treating town ever?

Babcock Ranch is a new, master-planned community with the goal to be the most sustainable town in the United States.

Key Points

  • The key to successful trick-or-treating is choosing a neighborhood with the best steps-to-treats ratio.
  • One new town in Florida is entirely walkable, making it a great place to max out treat potential.
  • The town aims to be the most sustainable town in the country by using solar and natural gas power and providing options for residents to walk or use autonomous solar-powered shuttles to get around. 

Your kids are probably starting to plan their Halloween costumes.

My daughters have opted to be princesses (shocking, I know).

One princess will be prim and proper.

The other will probably use her crown as a weapon.

Both will melt my heart.

Our neighborhood is pretty great for trick-or-treating, complete with an annual kids’ parade to kick off the sugar high.

But one town in Florida really takes the candy corn.

Babcock Ranch is a new, master-planned community with the goal to be the most sustainable town in the United States.

To achieve that, the town uses solar power when the sun is shining and energy provided by a Florida Power & Light natural gas-fired power plant at night. City developers say this combination of energy will make the town the greenest in the country.

Come Halloween, the ghosts, goblins and princesses who eventually live there will appreciate that the entire town is walkable. In fact, it’s designed with walkers in mind, making it the best place to really max out a neighborhood’s treat potential.

City planners hope that one day, residents in this community won’t even own cars.

To get around in daily life, residents can walk, use a solar-powered driverless electric car or hop on an autonomous shuttle — the first network of its kind in the country. Eventually, the town’s fleet of autonomous solar-powered vehicles will include pods for up to two people or larger buses, and they’ll all be accessible from an app.

The town also hopes to be a place where new energy solutions can be tried out, like innovative ways to store energy. City planners believe things tested there can one day be replicated in other communities nationwide.

According to Fast Company, residents will starting moving into their new homes in Babcock Ranch at the end of this year.

As for this Halloween, if you see a 3-year-old princess with a wild look in her eye and a sharp sparkly crown in her hand, run.

Trust me.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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