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Where is the best place to trick-or-treat in your area?

As real estate data geeks and candy lovers, we here at Zillow decided to combine our passions and create the inaugural Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index to help Seattle residents (where Zillow is located) determine the best overall neighborhoods to trick-or-treat this Halloween. Behold the list:

Top 5 Seattle Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat

1.    Wallingford
2.    Queen Anne
3.    Magnolia
4.    University District
5.    Capitol Hill

Methodology

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 Halloween 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. Based on those variables, this Index represents neighborhoods that will provide the most candy, with the least walking, and minimum safety risks.

Surprised that some of the high-end, iconic Seattle neighborhoods (Windermere, Broadmoor, Madison Park) that we all know and covet are not on the list? While homeowners in these prestigious ‘hoods may pass out a king-sized Snickers here and there, the homes are more spread out with long driveways and gates, thus not very conducive to kids traveling by foot.

Halloween Hot Spots

Wallingford offers the most bang-for-the-knock on Halloween night. The quirky neighborhood full of old Craftsman bungalows is home to residents of all ages, from retirees and college students, to young families with children. Wallingford has easy access to many restaurants, grocery stores, and theaters along 45th street. The ‘hood scored in the top ten percent for both walkability and density.

Queen Anne and Magnolia are both affluent, family-friendly communities with gorgeous homes and small-town charm, plus a bustling main street business district. The Zillow Home Value Index for both neighborhoods is over half a million dollars.

The University District ranked number one on our Index for walkability, thus catapulting the urban ‘hood the to the top of the Index. Home to college students, professors, and resilient long time residents — the area has lots of homes in a compact area and offers trick-or-treaters of all ages a large ROI on Halloween night.

While some may think residents of Capitol Hill treat every day as Halloween (think, Broadway after dusk) the neighborhood offers trick-or-treating fun for kids of all ages. The neighborhood is both affluent and dense, with a Zillow Home Value Index of $560,700.

In summary, remember to trick-or-treat in a safe, nice enough neighborhood with lots of homes on the block, and few spooky creatures looming in the shadows.

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