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.
Even further south, there’s Key BiscayneFotoluminate LLC/Shutterstock
For a tiny little island—it takes up about one-mile square—there’s seriously a lot to do in Key Biscayne on Halloween. Not only is there an annual Howl-O-Ween party for humans and their canine companions, but there’s also an annual zombie crawl that invites zombies of all ages to descend from all different directions to create an ominous feel of the undead being lured to the location.
But those are just the “pre-game” events, taking place, as they do, in the days before Halloween. On Halloween, itself, Key Biscayne is considered “epic” for its beach-side trick-or-treating and its festival vibe (it is described by some as feeling a bit like the nightly sunset party at Key West).
Coosaw Creek in Charleston, SCSean Pavone/Shutterstock
Lynn Maggio, mom of six (including three current trick-or-treaters), moved to this gated community this year, but is already up on all the buzz surrounding the Halloween traditions. These include themed activities at each house, golf carts to get from house to house, and special activities for the younger kids at the community clubhouse. “It’s truly a unique experience that only a tight-knit southern community can offer,” says Maggio, “and people plan for months in advance.” Maggio plans on having a palm reader (who will invariably tell the kids, “stay off your iPad because it’s rotting your brain,”) at her house, along with a popcorn machine, bobbing-for-apples, and, of course, “candy, scares, laughs, and chills!”
We wonder if Maggio is going to give out the vintage-but-still-available-on-a-limited-basis-candy, Charleston Chews?