Upstate opulenceJulie Jacobson/AP/REX/Shutterstock
Westchester County, New York, is one of the most affluent counties in the country, which is both good news and bad news in terms of Halloween. Many of the homes sit on large properties, particularly in Northern Westchester, where two-acre zoning is not uncommon. That makes trick-or-treating challenging, if not impossible. That said, Westchester is chock full of towns that have designated certain streets as Halloween enclaves.
In one such town (we can’t give you the name or you’ll definitely want to show up there, so say the residents to whom we spoke), parents from all over town drop off huge bags of candy for the residents to give out on Halloween, and volunteer to help the residents decorate their homes and man the candy bowls. On Halloween night, kids of all ages from everywhere in town descend on the street with their parents and schoolmates and pick up ridiculous amounts of candy.
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Let’s not forget New JerseySean Pavone/Shutterstock
Somehow, New Jersey didn’t end up on Zillow list, but try telling that to the folks who live in or near Alpine, a small but admirable Halloween workhorse, according to Zaida Khaze, mom, owner of a small business (Wiggletot) and resident of nearby Fort Lee. “I was having a hard time trying to make Halloween fun for my kids since many homes in Fort Lee no longer follow Halloween protocol—not having decorations and not answering the door,” she told Reader’s Digest, but then “word of mom,” Khaze was told to drive to Alpine—a 15- to 20-minute drive from her house.
“I had no idea where to park, but it was so worth it,” Khaze says. “Homes were giving out full-size candy bars and not the trial Halloween size. CC Sabathia (the Yankees player) lives there, and he had hired a hot dog stand, popcorn stand, live DJ, bouncy house, and had a limo with a coffin in it, as well as a chance to enter his home and meet his mom. Everyone knew where he lived by following the sound of the music.”
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Head south to Fleming Island, FloridaFamVeld/Shutterstock
Another state that was left out of Zillow’s top 20 is Florida. According to one realtor we spoke to: Big mistake.
“I sell real estate on Fleming Island, and my kids live there too,” Michael Boyle tells Reader’s Digest, “and it’s an amazing place for Halloween. It’s a planned community with small neighborhoods, so on Halloween night, there’s almost no traffic at all, and there are tons of kids walking up and down the streets. And on almost every block, someone takes it upon themselves to make a haunted house, and some of them are absolutely incredible—complete with actors and chainsaws, the whole nine yards! Very good stuff.”
Make Halloween a win-win by visiting Fleming Island and DIY-ing your kids’ Halloween costumes.