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


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.

See the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index for:

  • David Mana

    This is great stuff! Now, can you please put together one of these for Phoenix? :) Lately, I’ve just been one of the folks handing out handfuls of candy to the cute little ones who come by, but it sure would be nice to get out of the house for a night on the town… especially this year since Halloween will be on a Saturday!

  • Whitney Tyner

    Thanks David! This is the first year Zillow has produced the Trick-or-Treat Housing Index. Next year we hope to add more cities to the list.

  • jseattle

    As an early pioneer of Halloween candy handout analysis, I applaud this effort but would like to check your work! Where’s the dataset? :)

  • F.B

    Sounds like you aren’t really aware of what goes on around Capitol Hill. If you did, it would be #1 easily.

  • natalie danielson

    Wow.. this is so fantastic… and funny,. and egads,. if I was in wallingford i’d be heading to the store to stock up on candy!
    What about the eastside… or bellevue?
    And when people click.. voila .. there are homes for sale…

  • PumpkinHead

    Agree with F.B. 17th Ave on Cap Hill *has* to be the epicenter of Halloween. You routinely get 1000+ trick/treaters there. It’s hard to believe until you hand out the 1000 pieces of candy your self.

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  • Cassie

    Awesome! Can’t wait to hit up Wallingford ASAP!

  • Cassie

    So excited to hit up Wallingford this year!

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  • Kelley Face

    Yay! Go Queen Anne, I’ll definitely be handing out candy at our house. Great post Whitney- so creative, I found it because of the story linked on the Queen Anne View Blog.

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  • Wallyhood

    And come see WHY Wallingford wins:

    Full list of Wallingford trick-or-treating activities, including the house you and your kids MUST visit.

  • Wallyhood

    @JSeattle Awww…you’re just bitter because WE WIN! :)

  • Kellie

    Magnolia is gangster “Magtown”

  • Tracy

    Any suggestions for the eastside? Just can’t make the over-lake trek, especially if it’s pouring rain!

  • children’s hospital yes

    U District…are you serious? How is U District safe? Did you mean Ravenna? Because U District is far from safe and there aren’t even any actual houses there…they’ve all been converted into apartments…

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  • http://www, CostumeFly

    Any suggestions for the east side?

  • vacciniumovatum

    They must mean Ravenna instead of University District. I live in Bryant (a sub-neighborhood) and people drive their kids here from other neighborhoods so they can trick-or-treat where I live. Of course, being safe, dense, and near one of the top elementary schools in the city doesn’t hurt…

  • CostumeFly

    I just forwarded this article to my friends and they love it. Looks like its going viral.

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  • Seattle Photographer

    I wonder how well this data would correlate to other services?

  • Pallet Stacker

    Where was data like this when I was a kid?

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  • Apartment Rentals in Toronto

    That is very cool. Although, this kind of data takes away the element of surprise .. or disappointment.

  • Housing for Sale

    Seattle Homes seem to have all the fun.

  • wacom accessories

    i prefer trick or treating in wallingford. they give out the king size bars.

  • Bicep Blaster

    It’s always fun to go all out on decorating your house on Halloween.

  • shotgun scopes

    these are also the mostly highly concentrated areas of smashed pumpkins in the seattle area

  • Ismael

    Very interesting topic!

  • portland interior design

    Seattle is great except for when it rains on halloween

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  • Sharon Sedano

    I miss the living in Seattle!!! Love the article

  • Whitney Tyner

    Happy Halloween! A list of the 2010 Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Seattle is live here

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    Index, Which draws on the site’s real estate data to Determine the top-five neighborhoods in Seattle and Los Angeles to maximize this candy intake Is it so good?

  • College party themes

    Hmm. He tried it in Windows XP. I can see the messages passed in the window function calls, but never get the games to appear. I tried to shake the windows. Strange. Wow, awesome website man! You have done a phenomenal job. I look forward to reading some of your other stuff! Great photos. Thanks again!

  • Types of braids

    Yay! Go Queen Anne, I’ll definitely be handing out candy at our home. Great post Whitney, creatively, I found the story linked to the Queen Anne’s View blog. I agree with you 90%… It is all true

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