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The best places to go trick or treating in Boston

Here are the top spots to fill up your Halloween bucket.
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Who's ready to go trick-or-treating? Photo by Getty Images

Trick or treating is one of the tastiest Halloween traditions and finding the right place to do it is just as important as the act itself. Guarantee you get the best candy collecting experience by visiting the neighborhoods least likely to send you home empty handed.

Every year, Zillow, the online real estate marketplace, puts out a list of the best places in the country to trick or treat. The top three cities this year are San Francisco, San Jose and Philadelphia. While Boston only clocked in at No. 32 on Zillow’s list, there are still plenty of neighborhoods in the city for you and the kids to score some candy.

When it comes to trick-or-treating in Boston, the cream of the crop is Bay Village. This neighborhood is known as the city’s “secret-garden,” and on Oct. 31, it’s the best place to fill up your bag. While it may be one of the city’s smallest neighborhoods, if you go door-to-door in Bay Village, you’ll be sure to walk away with full-sized candy bars.

Charlestown and Beacon Hill come in second and third. These two neighborhoods are some of Boston’s oldest, which should give your night a haunted touch.


For those in west Boston, head to West Roxbury and Roslindale for all your Halloween candy needs. Both of these neighborhoods are larger than any others on the list, which gives you plenty of variety while trick or treating. Residents will have more than enough candy waiting to be passed out.

The team at Zillow puts their index together by looking at places that have high home values, houses that are closer in distance to reduce walking and lots of children under 10, so you can be sure you’re in for a treat.

Picking any of these Boston neighborhoods should give you and the kids the ultimate Halloween night experience.

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