(Flickr photo: Mike t Ormsby)
Whether you’re a big kid looking for a wild night out on the town, or a little one innocently dreaming of a couple dozen candy bars, Denver is a pretty sweet spooky place to be this Halloween. With events like Fright Fest at Denver’s famed downtown theme park, Elitch Gardens, or the 26th annual Boo at the Zoo (read: creepy crawly animal demonstrations) there is something for everyone.
This year, Denver ranked fifth on Zillow’s 2010 Trick-or-Treat Housing Index. So, if your Halloween taste is a little more old school and you’d prefer to hit the streets in search of the best candy, here’s a cheat sheet.
Top 5 Denver Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in 2010
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 (ZHVI), 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 Denver’s Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods
Cherry Creek may be best know for its commercial center and upscale mall, but don’t let that fool you. Since the ‘hood is a melting pot of newer residences mixed in with some of Denver’s older homes, kids can still ring doorbells in search of Halloween loot.
Hilltop is one of Denver’s wealthiest neighborhoods. The current Zillow Home Value Index for Hilltop is $562,400. The neighborhood was developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but now many of the original houses are being replaced with larger homes on the medium-sized lots. Cranmer Park is a favorite neighborhood hangout, with a huge sundial that does double duty as a climbing apparatus for children.
Congress Park is a traditional city neighborhood with a small-town atmosphere. “Here, people of diverse cultures, ages, colors and economic backgrounds share a sense of community, value older homes and mature trees and enjoy the convenience of city living amid the stability of a thriving neighborhood” claims the community website.
The Washington Park neighborhood — known simply as “Wash Park” — is one of the oldest in Denver and includes many early 20th century brick houses. The ‘hood has quite a fan club, because those who live in Wash Park, love Wash Park. This Halloween the community is hosting a “scream scram” for the area’s little monsters. Considering that Denver residents enjoy over 300 days of Colorado sunshine a year, there’s a good chance that it will be good trick-or-treating weather this year!
With a name like Country Club you can only imagine the type of trick-or-treating kids can expect in this ‘hood. According to a local blogger, “the Country Club Neighborhood is a small community of about 550 homes with high quality, high-end architectural design and construction. The landscaped parkways are a defining element of the Country Club Neighborhood, and create a feeling of park-like spaciousness.” The ‘hood was designated as a Historic Landmark District in 1990.
(Above: Country Club home for sale, $1,180,000)