GIS Assists in Spooky Happenings


The month of October was an exciting time around the Village of
Skokie. The onset of autumn was apparent with seasonal decorations going
on display and trees changing into their fall colors. This year the
Village manager’s office decided to put on a fun activity or
“spook-tivity” for local area children to celebrate the Halloween season
and donate food items to a good cause. GIS was called upon to create
the map that would be placed into the guide for the children to navigate
to participating businesses in the downtown area.

To help the children get to all thirty-four participating businesses,
a custom map was created to be inserted in the guide. The children were
asked to visit at least ten area businesses where they would receive a
check mark for visiting and a tasty Halloween treat. To make this
process easy for children to follow, the map was numbered with the
participating merchants which corresponded to numbered bubbles on the
back of the guide for the children to check off. Without a map the
children would not have had an easy and fun way to get to each business.