Columbus for costuming
f11photo/Shutterstock Columbus also made Zillow’s top 20, and Columbus resident and professor Rebecca Haidt, couldn’t agree more with that ranking. “What we see here is a lot of upscale suburbs hosting trick-or-treaters from less-than-fortunate neighborhoods. It’s only partly about the candy. It’s also about the super-safe and welcoming community feel.”
Haidt also recommends the legendary HighBall Halloween, which is billed as “the nation’s most elaborate costume party.” “Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus,” the website states, “this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall Halloween street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear.”
There’s also the amazing Circleville Pumpkin Show, which features some impressively enormous gourds. One of Haidt’s students requested an absence for it “because she grew one whose enormity merited entry into the show.”
Grayhawk in Scottsdale, AZ
Tim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock With Phoenix on Zillow’s top-20 list, Scottsdale mom Vanessa Gorelkin wonders how Scottsdale didn’t make the cut, particularly when the Grayhawk neighborhood (where she lives) is renowned for its massive Halloween block parties. “There are bouncy houses, scary decorations, and really amazing lighting,” Gorelkin says. “People really go all out with the hospitality, handing out regular-size candy bars and adult beverages for the grown-ups.” Even the streets have spooky names. Take your pumpkin carving to the next level (or just make it seem like you did) by using one of these 31 free Jack-o-Lantern stencils.
A Hollywood Halloween
f11photo/Shutterstock Actor and celebrity Ian Ziering, of Beverly Hills 90210 and the Sharknado series, lives in Hollywood with his wife and two daughters. Although he’s fiercely loyal to his New Jersey roots, he confessed that “Hollywood is the best place to trick-or-treat.” It makes sense, he says, considering “the entire town is devoted to all things theatrical. And people living here don’t have to go too far out of their way to make their homes look spooky!”
“Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, Ziering adds. “Having my own kids makes it even better.” Here are 11 genius pumpkin carving tips you’ll love.