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.
Don’t pass on South Pasadena, CA
Angel DiBilio/Shutterstock “South Pasadena, California is one of the best places to trick-or-treat in Southern California,” says South Pasadena resident Noelle Brown, who is originally from Connecticut. “Because there are so few neighborhoods that are safe and the homes are close together, South Pasadena is THE place for Halloween,” Brown says. “Many people decorate their homes complete with spooky soundtracks, and it’s a safe, festive atmosphere. Families usually park on Mission Street and walk south on Marengo Avenue down to Huntington Drive, cross the street and head north. The majority of the neighbors pass out candy, so by the time kids do the six-block loop, their bags are full. The youngest kids and parents usually start around 4:30 p.m. That’s when you see the more adorable babies all dressed up. From 5 to 8 p.m. the street is packed. One year someone passed out 2,000 candy apples. I can give away $100 of candy in under two hours.”
South Pasadena’s small-town charm is ideal, Brown adds. “Places like Brentwood and Beverly Hills are fine for trick-or-treaters, but many of those residents have gates, security, or houses that aren’t close together, so it can be hit or miss.”