The Best Cities For Trick or Treating 2011

Trick or Treating on Halloween is perhaps the best holiday activity of the year.   The reason for this conclusion is because every family spends a few dollars to buy hand out candy, and every trick or treating youngster goes home with a large bag full the same.   It’s kind of like communism, only in a good way.

The Masses Give a Little So Every Individual Gets a Lot

Ranking cities based on how lucrative it is to trick or treat within their boundary limits is an interesting way to evaluate the housing market in cities around the country.    As a kid we all knew the neighborhoods where the best candy was given out and where we could hit as many houses as possible in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of effort.   Neighborhoods in hilly areas were definitely out, as were houses where the lots were big.    Too much effort to climb the hills and too much time wasted to walk or run between houses on big lots.

High Value Neighborhoods

Perhaps these trick or treat criteria mean more than just the value placed on them by candy gobbling kids.   We always looked for flat neighborhoods, where the houses were very close together, good sidewalks and front porches with no stairs.    This was the perfect trick or treat neighborhood, and we could make a candy haul that took a pillow case to carry.    No working with the plastic orange pumpkin container your mother wanted to buy at the local big box store.   A container like that would be full in no time, plus you couldn’t sling it over your shoulder without the candy spilling out.

There is something very appealing about a neighborhood that attracts a high volume of trick or treaters.    It’s homey and inviting and very neighborly, or at least that’s the perception anyone who loves candy would draw.   Looking at the top twenty best trick or treating cities listed below in a Zillow study, the candy related philosophy seems to hold at least some water.    Have a look at the list below and see what you think.

Ranking the Best Cities for Trick or Treating

Cities Providing the Most Candy, the Least Walking and Least Safety Risks

Real-estate website Zillow ranked the 20 best U.S. cities to trick-or-treat in based on four equally-weighted variables: Zillow’s Home Price Index, population density, the site’s “Walk Score” (a measure of amenities within walking distance) and local crime data. According to Zillow, the list “represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.”

Zillow 2011 Trick-or-Treat Index *

  1. San Francisco
  2. Boston
  3. Honolulu
  4. Seattle
  5. Chicago
  6. San Jose, Calif.
  7. Washington
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Portland, Ore.
  11. Minneapolis
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. San Diego
  14. Cleveland
  15. Miami
  16. Denver
  17. Milwaukee
  18. Virginia Beach, Va.
  19. Baltimore
  20. Albuquerque, N.M.