It’s a childhood ritual: running from house to house, dressed in your costumed best, dinging doorbells, meeting fellow goblins, and filling your bag to the brim. If you’re strategic, you know just which houses to hit. Check out how your stomping grounds compare to our picks for the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods from coast to coast. Flip through our album to discover the hotspots and remember to sneak a treat from your kid’s haul.

New York City – Upper West Side

At the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive a costume parade kicks off at 3:45 p.m. on Halloween. Happy revelers follow the bagpipers in a procession to the Hippo Playground, where they're greeted with donuts and cider. The American Museum of Natural History also celebrates Halloween in style, with characters like Curious George and the Cat in the Hat roaming around the museum. Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, arts and crafts and live performances are all on tap for $12.

Photo: Sagie on flickr

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— Amy Bizzarri