Photo courtesy of Rio Grande Community Farm

New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, joins Zillow’s Top 20 Trick-or-Treating Cities in the #11 spot. With Albuquerque’s close proximity to Mexico and the traditional holiday “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on the heels of Halloween, this city doesn’t hold back when it comes to celebrating the haunted holiday. Some of Albuquerque’s Halloween highlights that are sure to send chills up your spine include:

  • ABQ Biopark’s Zoo Boo: A family event including candy stations throughout the zoo, costume parades and “haunted habitats”
  • KiMo Theater’s Hi-Def HitchFest: A film series, featuring eight Hitchcock film screenings, starting with “Psycho”
  • Ghost Tours of Old Town: Founded in 1706, this area is home to several actively haunted locations
  • Haunted Corn Maze (photo above): Friendly haunters hide in the shadows of this 7-acre maze that leads you through twisting paths of corn stalks that measure 6 feet and up

If you’re looking for a serious scare, Halloween veterans of the area recommend a trip to McCall’s Haunted Farm in Moriarty, NM. Known as the site where Farmer McCall murdered his wife and four children, guests can roam the cornfield and barn McCall once maintained (and apparently his spirit still visits to this day).  But for those with sweets instead of spooks on their mind,  the Zillow data team crunched an extra number or two and determined Albuquerque’s top 5 trick-or-treating neighborhoods where kids can score a large load of treats.

Top 5 Albuquerque Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in 2010:

  1. Altura
  2. Oso Grande
  3. Academy Hills Park
  4. Peppertree-Royal Oak
  5. Embudo Canyon (Mountain Foothills)



There is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy. However, to provide a more holistic approach to trick-or-treating, the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and fewest safety risks.

About Albuquerque’s Top Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods

Altura home for sale at $450,000

Taking the #1 spot is the quaint neighborhood of Altura. Located in the Midtown/University area of Albuquerque, Altura is mainly a single-family home community (65.9% are homeowners) with close proximity to the University of New Mexico and all the restaurants, arts and entertainment that surround the campus.

According to our calculations, the trick-or-treaters on the Eastside of Albuquerque stand to score the most candy on Halloween. Oso Grande takes the #2 spot, followed by Academy Hills, Peppertree-Royal Oak and Embudo Canyon.  Known for having a plethora of outdoor and family-friendly activities, the Eastside area is a large section of the city that is sure to be a hot spot for Halloween.  If you’re native to any of Zillow’s top Albuquerque trick-or-treating neighborhoods, let us know how your community celebrates the haunted holiday by commenting below!

Next: See Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in San Diego, CA

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About the Author

Lauren Riefflin manages news around Zillow Mobile communications and works closely with Zillow's real estate economists in preparing Zillow's real estate market reports. She also focuses on celebrity real estate news as both a Zillow Blog author and manager of celebrity content relationships.

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