Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Washington DC

How cool is it to be in Washington DC on Halloween night? Where else can you trick-or-treat on foreign soil (Embassy Row) or get candy from one of the most powerful people in the world (the President of the United States) at arguably the most famous home in the world (The White House)? Bonus – the White House does double duty as a haunted house too!

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So, it’s no surprise that Washington DC comes in at number 10 on Zillow’s 20 Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in 2010 list. And, we’ve broken it down even further to give you the best neighborhoods within DC to haul in some candy.

Top 5 Best Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods in DC:
1. Kalorama Triangle
2. Georgetown
3. Chevy Chase
4. American University Park
5. Woodley Park

Methodology
There is common believe 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 DC’s Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods

Kalorama Triangle – This affluent neighborhood (ZHVI is $842,500) in Northwest DC is a prime residential area, often described as having a village-within-a -city feel. Kalorama has the highest WalkScore out of our top 5 DC  hoods, so kids will be able to cover a lot of ground quickly.

Georgetown – If you want to trick-or-treat at the homes of politicians and press, this historic ‘hood is the place to come. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Washington Post managing editor Bob Woodward live here, among many others.  No guarantees they’ll actually be home, however.

Above: Georgetown home for sale : $769,000

Chevy Chase -  This area bisects the Washington DC, Maryland border. When you are out trick-or-treating here, you may find the beautiful homes competing with the Halloween costumes for your attention. Kids can take their costumes out for a test run at the Chevy Chase Village Annual Halloween Party on the 29th.

American University Park – AU Park is a safe place for Halloween fun. The family-friendly neighborhood evokes a real residential spirit due to the closely spaced, single-family homes on tree-lined streets.

Woodley Park -  Before you trick-or-treat along Woodley Park’s beautiful, row houses in this deceptively residential neighborhood, get in the spirit by taking the kids to the Boo at the Zoo.

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