Every Halloween, families across Colorado put on costumes and grab their jock-o-lantern shaped buckets with a single goal in mind: bring home the most candy possible!
To help you achieve that goal, we’ve compiled some tips for finding the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in Denver and across Colorado.
What makes the Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhood?
According to trick-or-treating experts, there is a proven method to evaluating the best neighborhoods in which to trick-or-treat, and they’re not always the most affluent neighborhoods.
The formula includes considering population density, a walk score and relocation essentials to determine what neighborhoods will yield the most candy with the least amount of walking and minimal safety risks.
Denver Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat
Popular Denver neighborhoods change in ranking from year to year, but among them are:
- Cherry Creek
- Congress Park
- Washington Park
- Country Club
With Denver’s expansive growth, top ranking neighborhoods change every year. New areas to check out include West Highland, Lowry, Stapleton, Southmoor, and Belcaro are also top-ranking.
How to find Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods
Social network Nextdoor, a free and private app to connect with your neighbors, rolled out a unique feature for Halloween — the Treat Map. The feature allows users to view maps of your neighborhood that indicate which homes are Halloween participants. If you’ll be handing out candy for trick-or-treaters, you can mark your home in the app to let your neighbors know! You have to sign up with Nextdoor to join your neighborhood, but it’s free.
“All you need this Halloween is the Nextdoor Treat Map and you can make a beeline to the candy,” says Nextdoor co-founder Nirav Tolia.
Many Colorado communities host special Halloween events for families, from trunk-or-treat to costumed parities for children and adults alike. Check out a few of these events in Where to Wear your Costume this Halloween (in Colorado).
Check your local news for updated reports on the best neighborhoods and kid friendly activities in your area.
Happy Halloween and be safe out there, all you little Ghouls and Goblins!
Originally published October 27, 2016 — Updated October 24, 2017.