Python method for reading keypress?

I’m new to Python, and I just made a game and a menu in Python.
Question is, that using (raw_)input() requires me to press enter after every keypress, I’d like to make it so that pressing down-arrow will instantly select the next menu item, or move down in the game. At the moment, it requires me to like type “down” and then hit enter. I also did quite a lot of research, but I would prefer not to download huge modules (e.g. pygame) just to achieve a single keyDown() method. So are there any easier ways, which I just couldn’t find?