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 (check out these adorably funny baby pictures and try not to laugh)? 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 some tips on how to trick-or-treat safely, and 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 Jose
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- San Diego
- Washington, D.C.
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.
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.”
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But I’ll take Manhattan
SINITAR/Shutterstock Here’s a little secret the gracious Halloween hosts out in Sunnyside may not realize: Manhattan is a phenomenal place to trick-or-treat. I can tell you that as someone who actually lived in Manhattan for 20 years, the first three of which were in Greenwich Village—home of the raucous and creative Village Halloween Parade. Granted, the parade may not be precisely what parents of young kids are looking for when it comes to trick-or-treating. But Manhattan has that covered on the Upper East Side.
Halloween on the Upper East Side is all about children under the age of 10. Most people live in apartment buildings, and many, if not most, apartment buildings have sign-up sheets for trick-or-treating. If you live in a particularly large building or have a friend who can invite you in, you’ll be able to quickly cover 15 to 20 floors, each with upwards of 10 to 12 apartments. That’s some super-efficient candy-collecting, and one bag per person is seldom enough.
For a more “traditional” trick-or-treating experience on the Upper East Side, you can go door-to-door at the townhouses on 78th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, which is reputed to be the Upper East Side’s go-to block for that. Rumor has it that while there aren’t that many houses on the block, the candy-giving at each house is quite generous. These are the mind-blowing facts you didn’t know about Halloween candy.