East Sacramento home decorated for HGTV’s “Hollywood Block Party.”(Photo courtesy Sacramento Bee).

California’s capital, Sacramento, joins its sister cities of San Jose and San Francisco to land a spot among the top ten cities deemed the best for trick-or-treating in the second annual Zillow Trick-Or-Treat Housing Index. Sacramento was named the #6 best city to trick-or-treat in 2010. But the Zillow data team took it one step further and crunched numbers to determine the top five neighborhoods within Sac-Town where kids are sure to score lots of candy on Halloween.

Top 5 Sacramento Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in 2010

  1. Curtis Park
  2. Marshall School
  3. Hollywood Park
  4. East Sacramento
  5. Elmhurst


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 safety risks.

About Sacramento’s Top Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods

Curtis Park home listed for $449,000

Curtis Park is a historic neighborhood whose Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) has increased year-over-year (up 3.5% since August 2009), and now, it can add a feather to its cap as the #1 Sacramento neighborhood for trick-or-treating.  Known for its well-groomed streets, eclectic mix of vintage homes and politically active residents, Curtis Park is a close-knit community of young families, professionals and retirees. The centrally situated neighborhood park is often host to various community events and bustles with locals on a day-to-day basis. The family ambiance, combined with a low-crime score and  short commute to downtown, vaulted this picturesque neighborhood to the top in Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Marshall School neighborhood comes in second. Many residents stay busy in the summer months with trips to the Raging Waters water park, but Halloween is a time where families don’t have to travel far to celebrate. Located in midtown – the heart of the city’s restaurant and bar scene –  Marshall School is an almost exclusively residential community that is the fifth-most walkable neighborhood in Sacramento. So, for the candy collectors taking the “more doors, more candy” approach to the holiday, Marshall School is a one-stop shop for blocks of Halloween decor-ed doors and only minutes away from exciting nightlife that ghosts and goblins with later curfews can enjoy.

Rolling into the third spot on our list is the little Sacramento neighborhood of Hollywood Park. Voted as the 2008 Best Neighborhood in the Sacramento News and Review, residents view this community as a perfect combination of affordable homes prices (current ZHVI: $210,200), diverse people and funky amenities, such as the local dive bar and an old shoe-repair shop. This family friendly neighborhood is ready for all kinds of ghosts and goblins, but the true Halloween jackpot can be found a few blocks away at the 24th Annual Safe and Super Halloween event. This 3-day celebration includes 17 candy stations, a costume parade, and more!

An array of multi-million dollar mansions, Mediterranean villas and single-family homes built in the 1940s and 50s adorn the streets of Sacramento’s fourth-best trick-or-treating neighborhood, East Sacramento. The Fabulous Forties district, an East Sac area of upscale custom homes, is the Disneyland of Halloween known for having decked-out homes that attract Halloween crowds upwards of 500 trick-or-treaters every year. President Ronald Reagan lived in this neighborhood, at 1341 45th St, Sacramento, CA during his term as California governor. This year, three Fab Forties homes were morphed in to spooky Halloween  habitats like a vampire lair and haunted church, and featured on HGTV’s special, “Halloween Block Party.”

Rounding out the top five list of Sacramento’s best trick-or-treating hoods is Elmhurst. An area known for its large oak, elm and ash trees that canopy the neighborhood, this historic district is a classic neighborhood lined with homes waiting for a Halloween hello. Elmhurst residents are encouraged to show off their costumes at the annual Fall Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 30 – just in time for kids to make sure they have all they need to spook the streets the following day.

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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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