20 Best Cities for Trick-Or-Treating: Did Yours Make the Cut?

Point us to the candy, please!

Recently my husband and I were discussing whether or not we’d drive to a neighboring city to trick-or-treat. We recently moved to a small village out in the country and wonder whether the trick-or-treating scene is a good one.

I think it will be just fine for a 2-year-old and an 8-month-old who has no clue what’s going on. Maybe when the kids are older we’ll search for a better Halloween scene, but not yet.

When I was growing up my mom used to drive us to the wealthier neighborhoods to trick-or-treat. It was rumored that the people living in the houses on the hill (the wealthier side of town) gave out full-size candy bars!

I never received a full-size candy bar, nor do I believe they gave out better candy than my immediate neighbors, but driving to nicer neighborhoods to trick-or-treat is something I’ve heard that other families do as well. Not just because of the hope for better candy but to seek out more family-friendly environments.

So where exactly is the best place to collect candy come Halloween? Maybe you live in one of the nation’s very best cities for trick-or-treating and don’t even know it.

Real-estate website Zillow ranked the 20 best U.S. cities to trick-or-treat in based on four variables: Zillow’s Home Price Index, population density, the site’s “Walk Score” (a measure of amenities within walking distance) and local crime data. According to Zillow, the list “represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.”

San Francisco
Boston
Honolulu
Seattle
Chicago
San Jose, Calif.
Washington
Los Angeles
Philadelphia
Portland, Ore.
Minneapolis
Pittsburgh
San Diego
Cleveland
Miami
Denver
Milwaukee
Virginia Beach, Va.
Baltimore
Albuquerque, N.M.

How’s Halloween where you live? Do you live in one of Zillow’s top 20 cities—and if so, do you agree that it’s a great spot for excellent trick-or-treating?

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