Every Halloween, quiet residential streets must prepare for the inevitable visit of costumed children yelling "Trick or treat!", eager to collect what they are entitled as members of any given community. If you've got children, then you know what we're talking about. And to help you and your kids capitalize on this holiday, we've compiled a list of the best neighborhoods around Boston for trick or treating.
Roughly about two years ago, Zillow compiled a list of top trick-or-treating areas in various cities including Boston, which proudly came in 2nd on the company's Best Cities to Trick-or-Treat list. They based their findings on home values, crime rates, population density, and whether or not a neighborhood is walkable and can be easily navigated by foot. These neighborhoods, most often than not, are also the best ones to live in the city if you have children, so we went ahead and included some listings you might want to take a look at while you're halloweening through the streets. Happy gathering, everyone!
This neighborhood is by far, the overall winner. It's reasonably quiet, adequately decorated, and aesthetically pleasing. What more could you want? Some of its small, townhouse-adorned slopes may prove a bit tricky in a freakish rain or snow storm, but possible brick-sized chocolate bars could serve as great remedies for few (if any) minor bruises. See listings
Sure treat streets: If you hadn't already planned on venturing past Mount Vernon and Pickney Streets, try your luck on Revere and Chestnut Streets.
Located near the Boston Harbor and Mystic River, young and thriving professionals make up a large part of this neighborhood. Again, it's been rightfully ranked--it's a nice part of town with some popular tourist attractions (try to get some steps and stroll by the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution if you go early). See listings
Sure treat streets: There are some extra-generous homes between Bunker Hill, Medford, and Main Streets.
Not surprised? Back Bay has some of the nicest homes in the city, it's easy to get to, and it's easy to get around in. There are tons of Halloween spots in this part of town, especially if you're feeling a little chilly since the Pru usually hosts indoor trick or treating in its stores. See listings
Sure treat streets: Peruse down Marlborough, Clarendon, and Dartmouth Streets, and take the little ones over to Clarendon Street Playground for the annual Halloween celebration.
Take your costumed selves down to this beloved neighborhood, which, though usually hustling and bustling with carbo-loading restaurant-goers, is still a popular Halloween gem. Pedestrian-friendly and fittingly eerie (think narrow spaces and old graveyards), the North End could very well be the perfect spot to fill your hollow candy buckets in record time. Not to condone gluttony, but if you also choose to top off your already calorically rich collection with a box full of Italian pastry goodness, it's understandable. See listings
Sure treat streets: Stroll through quintessential Hanover street as well as the area of Salem, Charter, Unity, and Prince, and Tileton streets.
West Roxbury is equipped with lots of green space, not-so-trafficky residential streets, and a general appreciation for kids, as the neighborhood is known for its youth programming. Not to mention, it was once home to an "experimental Utopian community" that attracted famous writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson. Does this denote trick-or-treating perfection? Quite possibly. See listings
Sure treat streets: Lagrange and Corey Streets off of the busy Centre Street