Spooky or sweet, your garbed ghouls are ready to hit the streets for their share of frights and delights this Halloween in Atlanta. And look at you! Armed with candy, flashlights, and an emergency separation plan, all you need is to know where to go. Keep reading for our favorite neighborhoods to hit while you haunt.

Margaret Mitchell Neighborhood

This Buckhead neighborhood is bounded by Moore's Mill Road on the south, I-75 on the east, and the Paces neighborhood on the west, and is especially happening in the streets surrounding the Morris Brandon Primary Center. Expect a neighborhood draw and loads of kids. Start on Sequoyah Dr. and Margaret Mitchell Dr., Atlanta, Ga 30327.

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Midtown

Located at Penn Avenue and Myrtle Street, from Fourth to Eighth Steets, you'll find a small Halloween party—populated by Midtown residents—followed by two hours of trick-or-treating, which is open to everyone. The Midtown Neighborhood Association urges you to register in advance for free, and there’s a suggested donation of $20 per family/couple for the party. Start at Myrtle St. and Fourth St., Atlanta, Ga 30308.

Ashford Park Neighborhood

This neighborhood in Brookhaven, surrounding Ashford Park Elementary School, is known for its pedestrian-only Redding Road segment of Halloween revelry, but the streets near Redding Road equally embrace the holiday. The best news? Ashford Park, located at Redding Road and Caldwell Road, is known as the "push toy park," and is the perfect spot to calm an over-excited (or over-sugared) little one down before heading to the next house. Start on Redding Rd. and Caldwell Rd., Atlanta, Ga 30319.

Virginia-Highland

Not far from Inman Park, you'll find elaborately decorated homes, sidewalks, and plenty or streetlights in Virgnia Highland. Just steer clear of North Highland Ave., as its restaurants and bars are a favorite among adult revelers, and might get a little scary (and loud, and congested) for the kiddos. Start at Barnett St. and Adair Ave., Atlanta, Ga 30306.

Inman Park Neighborhood

With streets of Victorian houses (not so spooky any other time of the year, but really—have you ever seen a haunted house that's not a Victorian?), Inman Park is the perfect backdrop for trick-or-treating. The neighborhood takes decorating for Halloween seriously, so expect some legitimately spooky displays, but it's a fun and safe environment suitable for some serious fun. Start on Sinclair Ave. or Elizabeth St., Atlanta, Ga 30307.

Historic Brookhaven

While the homes in Historic Brookhaven are a bit more spread out, the streets in this beautiful neighborhood are easy to navigate and are filled with little trick-or-treaters every Halloween. Start at East Brookhaven Dr. and East Club Ln., Atlanta, Ga 30319.

Haynes Manor Neighborhood

Another Buckhead neighborhood located on both sides of Peachtree Battle Ave., between Northside and Peachtree Rd., the crowning glory of Halloween includes a house that sets up carnival games, rides, and live entertainment on its lawn (expect to pay admission, which will be donated to the homeowner's charity of choice each year). Every home gets decked out, and Goosebumps recently even chose this neighborhood to film their trick-or-treating scene. Start at Dellwood Dr. and Peachtree Battle Ave. 30305.

Grant Park

This historic neighborhood in Atlanta has a bit of the Halloween flair year round with massive Victorians lining the streets. These (possibly haunted) homes go all out for trick-or-treating and are close together to maximize your candy and minimize your walking. This neighborhood also holds a lantern walk the weekend before Halloween. Swing by nearby Oakland Cemetery to really get in the Halloween spirit! Start at Cherokee Ave. and Atlanta Ave., Atlanta, Ga 30312.

Avondale Estates

On Halloween night, the City of Avondale closes some of its streets, issues a detailed safety map for trick-or-treaters, and awards homeowners City of Avondale Estates Halloween Spirit Awards for best decorations, scariest, most creative, and best decor for kids. Start on Clarendon Pl., Avondale Estates, Ga 30002.

Chastain Park Neighborhood

With a streets that are closed to vehicles, food trucks, and even one of Atlanta's best playgrounds (in case the kiddos need a break from the action), this neighborhood is prime trick-or-treat real estate. Start at Broadland Rd. and Hillside Dr. 30342

 

—Shelley Massey