These Are the Best Towns for Trick-or-Treating

If you live in one of these cities, you’re in luck.

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It’s that time of year again: you and your family have to don your most creative costumes, decorate the front porch, carve some pumpkins, and head out the door the evening of October 31st in search of candy around the neighborhood. To mark the upcoming occasion, real estate site Zillow compiled a list of the 20 best cities for trick-or-treating. The researchers looked at home values, how close homes are to each other (to allow for maximum candy collecting), crime rate, and how much of the population is under 10 years old.

The top 20 cities are places where trick-or-treaters can get the most candy in a small period of time (without having to walk very far), and they’re all relatively safe. Philadelphia was ranked as the top city for trick-or-treating, with these specific neighborhoods as the best: Cobbs Creek, Frankford, Logan, Germantown East, and Fairmount. Seattle moved up nine spots from 2015, while Portland went up eight. Austin made its debut on the annual list this year, while Baltimore and Washington, D.C. made return appearances after not making the cut last year.

“The national ranking is a fun way for trick-or-treaters and their parents across the country to assess how their city compares to others this Halloween season,” Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell said in a press release. “For candy hunters in cities not on the list, look for areas with lots of decorated homes and neighborhoods with other kids running around in the holiday spirit.”

Take a look at the top 20 cities below and get the full report at Zillow.

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. San Jose, California
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  5. Los Angeles, California
  6. Phoenix, Arizona
  7. Denver, Colorado
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. Seattle, Washington
  10. Columbus, Ohio
  11. Las Vegas, Nevada
  12. Baltimore, Maryland
  13. Dallas, Texas
  14. San Diego, California
  15. Charlotte, North Carolina
  16. Austin, Texas
  17. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  18. Chicago, Illinois
  19. Nashville, Tennessee
  20. Washington, D.C.