Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Austin

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Austin, the capital of Texas, is home to the ‘Horns (hook’ em), fantastic barbecue, and the ACL and SXSW music festivals (you really should go) and is also a great place to trick-or-treat, checking in at #18 on Zillow’s 2010 Trick-or-Treat Housing Index. To give the live music capital of the world some insight into the best places to score Halloween loot, we’ve ranked the top trick-or-treat neighborhoods in Austin.

Top 5 Austin Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in 2010

  1. Downtown
  2. Old West Austin
  3. Rosedale
  4. Zilker
  5. Allandale


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 neighborhoods that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.

About Austin’s Top Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods

Kicking things off is Downtown Austin, defined as I-35 to Lamar, and stretching from Town Lake north to MLK.  Folks who make the vibrant city center their home value proximity – to the lake, nightlife, trails, or the Whole Foods headquarters. The ‘hood has the highest Walk Score in Austin and is an ideal place to score prime fright-night loot.

Coming in at #2 is Old West Austin, Downtown’s next-door neighbor. Taking us from Lamar over to Mopac, Old West Austin boasts a rich history, including three historical Texas landmarks.  Perhaps the most famous home here is Woodlawn,  a pre-Civil War mansion owned by two Texas governors.  Wonder what kind of candy they give out?

Next on the list is Rosedale, nestled between Lamar and Shoal Creek, bisecting 45th St. Home to the Moore-Hancock Log Cabin, Rosedale boasts the 5th highest list price average of all Austin neighborhoods. Couple that with its central location, and you’ve got prime candy canvassing.

Sitting just south of the city, Zilker neighborhood comes in 4th on the list.  Sitting alongside Zilker Park, home to Austin City Limits, the Trail of Lights, and Barton Springs,  residents have it all right in their neighborhood.  I wonder if Chuy’s hands out Halloween treats?

And 5th on the list is Allandale. Stretching from Shoal Creek to Anderson in between Mo-Pac and Burnet road, Allandale, which might have once been considered an Austin suburb, is now considered a central Austin neighborhood. And with an active neighborhood association and a fantastic 4th of July parade who wouldn’t want to spend another holiday around these homes?

Coming soon: Best Places to Trick or Treat in San Antonio, TX

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