The country’s best cities for efficient candy-scoringSean Locke Photography/Shutterstock
One of the best things about being a parent is getting to relive Halloween all over again. In fact, who among us can (honestly) claim they never dressed their infant as a peapod, a pumpkin, a puppy, or basically anything that doubled as a onesie and made for an adorable photo opp? Of course, things get a bit more complicated once the kiddies develop their own ideas about what they want to “be” and with whom they want to trick-or-treat. But one thing they all want: the most candy with the least effort. And one thing you want: the safest trick-or-treating experience. So, here are the top 20 cities for scoring the best Halloween goodies, according to Zillow’s annual survey (based on home values, local crime data, how close each house is to its neighbor, and the age of the residents who live there):
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles
- Washington, D.C
- San Diego
- El Paso
- Las Vegas
For each city, Zillow also identified the top five neighborhoods. But maybe you don’t live in one of those neighborhoods or cities, or even one of those states. Have no fear! We’ve conducted our own mini-study of the best places to spend Halloween with your kids. What it lacks in terms of scientific method, we promise it makes up for in genuine enthusiasm. Don’t miss these 15 best Halloween costumes for Disney fans.
Come on over to the Sunnyside… of Queens
Dan Callister/REX/Shutterstock “Hey, Zillow, don’t think we didn’t notice that not one of your best trick-or-treating cities is in New York State,” said working mom, Ruthy Kirwan of Queens, who claims that her neighborhood of Sunnyside is the BEST neighborhood for trick-or-treating. “Trick-or-treating is a huge deal in Sunnyside,” Kirwan tells Reader’s Digest. “Every neighbor competes for a better house decoration, and it’s so popular that kids take the subway from Manhattan to trick-or-treat here. Trick-or-treating in Manhattan usually means going door-to-door in an apartment building, so Sunnyside is one of the closest neighborhoods that is full of houses, huge trees, and wide, safe streets. It’s a traditional, safe, and fantastic trick-or-treat experience.” Speaking of traditions, here are the stories behind 14 Halloween traditions.