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10 Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating

Lions and ladybugs and cupcakes, oh my! If you thought cute kids in costumes and collecting sweet treats was the end all and be all of Halloween Trick-or-Treating, think again!  Los Angeles is the city of big dreams, loads of creativity and plenty of love for Halloween – sometimes the most fun part of trick-or-treating is checking out the other costumes and viewing incredible house decorations, ranging from giant animated spiders crawling on rooftops to spooky monster tea parties on the front lawn. Some of these spots are a show in and of themselves.  So if your neighborhood doesn’t celebrate with a bang, why not visit one that goes all out?  We’ve rounded up ten great family-friendly spots for spooktacular trick or treating.

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1. Los Angeles (Cross Streets: Sweetzer Avenue and Drexel Avenue)
Head south of Third Street and west of Fairfax to this sidewalk-friendly neighborhood where plenty of doorbelling ringing and candy-giving is sure to be in full swing. Families usually gather for a house party and then head out in big groups to gather their loot. Houses are brimming with pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, witches, and more. As an added bonus, you’re nearly walking distance to The Grove which is a safe and contained go-to for many parents in the area. The stores hand out candy and everyone from the tiniest wee ones to adults are decked out in their Halloween duds.

2. Beverly Hills (Between Santa Monica Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard)
Home to the celebrity and wealthy elite, these houses may be few and far between but the candy and decor is sure worth the trek. With large sidewalks and lots of kids out and about, Beverly Hills will be filled with costumes on Halloween night as kids search for the elusive whole candy bar houses in the neighborhood.

3. Studio City (Cross Streets: Laurel Terrace and Mound View)
This modest neighborhood just west of Laurel Canyon is the go-to spot for families living in the surrounding hills. It’s like one big block party with homes decorated to the hilt with pumpkins galore, haunted scenes, and witches brews. Residents say that more than 700 children routinely make there way down these streets, so it’s a lively and fun atmosphere. Begin your candy pilgrimage on Mound View and fan out to the surrounding streets and while you’re at it, keep your eyes peeled for the likes of Will Ferrell, who have been spotted in previous years ringing doorbells with his kids.

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4. Silver Lake (Armstrong Avenue)
This is one of the biggest and most well-known block parties in Los Angeles. Homeowners go through more than 2400 pieces of candy and often run out—so come early if you are coming for candy as much as atmosphere! The street is blocked to traffic so families take to the streets and enjoy the festivities and ghostly scenery, and think big because every single house is done up with intricate settings ranging from haunted houses to creepy crime scenes. Plus, the homeowners get creative with their own costumes as well; a couple years ago a father and son paraded the streets as a giant nose with an accompanying booger!

5. Santa Monica (Gillette’s Regents Square)
Our favorite spot for little ones who tire quickly is in Santa Monica at Gillette’s Regents Square where you will save those little feet a lot of walking around and still get plenty of candy (and plenty of chances to show off that super costume!).

Other spots in Santa Monica: 16th Street north of Montana between Alta on Georgina.

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6. Venice Canals (Cross Street: Dell and South Venice Boulevard)
This traffic-free destination is perfect for trick or treating. The four block area is magically spooky with pumpkins and twinkle lights strung along the canals, fantastic decorations, and plenty of the requisite sugar treats. Homeowners are dressed up doling out candy and even some of the boats are sporting ghoulish displays. Remember that the narrow walkways get crowded with little ones on a mission, so get there early—parking gets difficult as well.

7. Hancock Park (North of Wilshire Boulevard) 
This neighborhood is notorious for hundreds of trick or treaters who roll through every Halloween night by the bus load. With over-the-top decorations and fabulous mansions, the most popular streets like Arden, Rossmore or around the Larchmont shopping area can see several hundred kids in a night. However, this neighborhood is best for early trick or treating, as it can get very crowded as the night goes on and might be overwhelming for the littler set.

8. Burbank (Cross Streets: Mariposa and Valleyheart)
Hooray for Hollywood – this quiet neighborhood is home to some Disney folks who take Halloween seriously. Some of the homes go all out with costumes and decorations worthy of a movie set, and a few even set up haunted houses and shows on their lawns. Best of all, it’s safe and fun.

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9. Pasadena (Cross Streets: Monterey Road between Windsor Place and Diamond Avenue and Marengo Avenue and Fair Oaks)
While the happenings in Old Pasadena can’t be beat with all the shops handing out candy, costume contests and more, for good old-fashioned trick or treating head to either of these two neighborhoods. Families are out in full force pulling little ones in wagons while older tykes charge safely from house to house filling their bags.

10. Brentwood Glen (The ‘Alphabet’ Streets between Church and Beloit)
This pocket neighborhood just West of the 405 freeway is ideal for toddlers enjoying their first trick-or-treat experience. The neighborhood is filled with family homes located very close to one another, most of which have great decorations. There are several kid-friendly ‘haunted’ houses and very few cars.

Did we miss your favorite neighborhood for trick or treating? Let us know in the comments below!

- Lara Burnap

Photo credits: Ginnerobot via Creative Commons, CS-McMahon via Creative Commons, Michael Bentley via Creative Commons, Steven Depolo via Creative Commons and Phil Scoville via Creative Commons

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