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What better place to celebrate the haunted spirits of years past than in the city that never sleeps?  The nation’s Sin City capital, Las Vegas, sneaks into the top ten and ranks 9th out of 20 cities on Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat Housing Index. It seems obvious that Las Vegas would be a Halloween hot spot since costumes and Vegas go hand-in-hand nearly year-round. But this year, the city is directing celebrations away from The Strip with the debut of the first Las Vegas Halloween Parade. For those that are still looking to feed their sugar fix, here’s a list of the top five neighborhoods within Las Vegas where it’s a safe bet to venture out to a candy jackpot.

Top 5 Las Vegas Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in 2010:

  1. The Lakes
  2. Buffalo
  3. Desert Shores
  4. Michael Way
  5. North Cheyenne


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 The Best Las Vegas Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods

The Lakes home for sale at $269,900

A high density of married couples, young families and one of the lowest crime rates in Southern Nevada brings The Lakes community to the #1 spot of Zillow’s top trick-or-treating neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Single-family homes, condos and townhouses are sprinkled throughout this master-planned community, all of which are centered around a 30-acre man-made lake (hence the neighborhood’s name). The blueprinted area, just a 20-minute drive from The Strip, is home to its own shopping, dining and entertainment scene and consists of intertwined residential areas making it a family-friendly choice for picking up loads of Halloween treats.

Buffalo falls into the second spot on our list. We aren’t referring to the widely known Buffalo Bills casino but rather a Southern Vegas community that borders our #1 pick.  Similar to The Lakes, Buffalo is known for being one of the safest areas in Las Vegas, making the door-to-door Halloween routine a fun option for families and teens alike. Local Halloween goers even have the option of showing off their costumes at the College of Southern Nevada’s Fall Fun Fest.  This local Halloween carnival boasts trick-or-treating stations, rides, beer and wine gardens, live music and entertainment for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

Desert Shores home for sale at $440,000

Coming in third is another master-planned community named Desert Shores. Built in the late 1980s, this neighborhood is spread over 682 acres and surrounds five man-made lakes.  Desert Shores includes 22 different residential districts and, according to WalkScore, is the fifth most walkable neighborhood in Las Vegas. With a more affordable reputation (current ZHVI: $169,500) than sister ‘hood’ Lake Las Vegas, and classic neighborhood feel, the Desert Shores attracts a balanced mix of professionals and young families that have an endless course of sidewalks to search in the quest of tricks and treats.

Rounding out the fourth and fifth best trick-or-treating hoods in Sin City are Michael Way and North Cheyenne. Michael Way sits just west of the North Las Vegas Airport and holds the lowest home value index of the bunch (currently $82,000). With affordable homes and over 30% of households including kids, the streets of Michael Way are sure to be packed with haunted candy hunters. Just above Michael Way is the North Cheyenne community. North Cheyenne consists of a relativity low crime rate and blocks of Halloween spirited houses (over 80% are single-family homes) waiting for some spooky company on Oct. 31.

Next: See Best Places to Trick or Treat in Washington, D.C.

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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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