Looking for the best neighborhoods to trick-or-treat on Halloween in Connecticut? Once your your kids' Halloween costumes have been chosen, the next big decision is where to go grab that candy. Everyone has a favorite neighborhood to trick-or-treat, where all the houses are decorated—and have the full size candy bars! Halloween is getting closer. Here in Connecticut, there are a bunch of prime spots, some of which we have collected right here. Feeling adventurous? Try a few!
Not a big fan of going trick-or-treating on that ghoulish night? For the whole month of October, Connecticut has outstanding Halloween events all over the state. There are also a carload of trunk-or-treat events that are sponsored by local organizations.
Not quite a nightmare, Elm, Edgerton, and Fairfield Street off of West Avenue are also good for little kids. Police have been known to shut down the streets in these neighborhoods so the kids can get around safely.
There are some super trick-or-treat neighborhoods in Connecticut worth suiting up for. Photo by Ben Wildeboer, via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
This densely settled neighborhood boasts awesomely decorated houses with short driveways. A local firehouse opens up and hands out treats, hot chocolate, and cider. You can’t beat that!
In the Cos Cob section of Greenwich—off of Orchard Street—the trick-or-treating is pretty amazing! The houses are decorated, and the candy is flowing. What else can we ask for on Halloween 2023?
The close-knit community along Maher Ave is prime trick-or-treating country. Unlike the sprawling estates in “Backcountry” Greenwich, this neighborhood offers sidewalks and houses that are pretty close together.
Grab some friends and hit the streets that wind around Ponus Ave in West Norwalk. The streets in this close knit neighborhood are always a good place to spend your Halloween.
There are so many Connecticut neighborhoods that embrace Halloween, and make the trick-or-treat experience special. Photo courtesy of Mommypoppins.com
Springdale Neighborhood (Minivale Rd and Bouton St)—Stamford
I have seen first-hand how serious the Springdale neighborhood takes its Halloween. Packs of families and children invade this “small town” of a neighborhood located in the heart of Stamford. The houses along Minivale and Bouton Street are majorly decorated!
This neighborhood is touted for truly embracing the Halloween spirit with amazing decorations. Of course, those decorations tend to also draw large crowds—so make sure you get their early if you need a parking space.
Westport offers one of the best trick-or-treat neighborhoods in Connecticut! Photo courtesy of the Westport Downtown Association
Compo Beach Area—Westport
Compo Beach offers a trifecta: short driveways (check!), flat terrain (check!), and hundreds of sugar-crazed children roaming the streets (check!). You can park at the Soundview Lot and work your way through the adorable little streets lining the Sound.
This is THE trick-or-treat neighborhood in Westport. Crowds start to arrive as soon as the sun starts setting, so make sure you get there early. Trick-or-Treating ends promptly at 9:00 pm. I have heard that the crowds can be a little overwhelming for the toddler crowd, but it is great for older kids!
Trick or Treat with Rising Star Horse Rescue, photo courtesy of Farm River Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Trick-or-Treat with the Horses—Wilton
Here's something different. Put on your costume and trick-or-treat equestrian style at Rising Starr Horse Rescue. There will be 32 stalls/horses with treats for you. Suggested donation of $10 for the charity and a unforgettable memory for free!
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Trunk or Treat on the Town Green—New Milford
Instead of trick-or-treating in neighborhoods, volunteers register their vehicles, decorate them, and then park around the town green on Halloween night from 5:30-7:30 pm.
The town of Litchfield is one of the larger villages in Litchfield County, with a beautiful green lined by fine restaurants, galleries, and shops. Homes are quite close to one another, meaning lots of candy! In the past, thousands have gathered on Meadow Street while the fire and police services close off the street to traffic.
Roxbury is a darling historic village, and the homeowners take Halloween seriously. On South Street, you'll find creatively decorated homes as well as loads of children doing tricks for treats (or not). Some homeowners even put on their own mini haunted houses.
For the Norman Rockwell trick-or-treating experience head to quaint Kent. Businesses on Main Street get into the spirit with decorations and handing out candy. Children then walk over to Elizabeth Street to trick-or-treat from house to house. Don't forget to get your glow necklace from the State Trooper. He hands them out on Main Street from 5-7 pm.
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Once the kids are in costume, head to the best neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in CT! Photo by Ally Noel, courtesy of Mommy Poppins
Morris Cove—New Haven
Several Facebook readers gave us the inside scoop that the Morris Cove neighborhood of New Haven is THE place to be on Halloween Night! This parade takes over the street, and everyone gets involved.
North Main Street—Wallingford
Police are on the street to direct thousands of trick-or-treaters safely around the North Main Street neighborhood in Wallingford. Local residents have even started a candy drive for families who live along North Main to help them with the expense of all that candy!
Tons of kids meander through secluded closed loops of this small neighborhood. Residences provide the ambiance with great Halloween lights and displays.
You will need to plan out parking in advance if you want to trick-or-treat along Quinn Street in Naugatuck. Local homeowners are prepared to hand out around a thousand pieces of candy every year, and they still run out!
Trick-or-Treat the Derby Neck Library—Derby
Stop by the Derby Neck Library for their annual Boo Bash! Kids can get some candy, play games and do a spooky craft.
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Boosolini, the resident ghost, kicks off the popular parade in Collinsville. Photo courtesy of Collinsvillehalloween.com
OK, so the Collinsville Halloween Parade actually happens on October 28th, but, it's not so often that a small Connecticut town event appears on a list of the Best Trick-or-Treating Towns in the entire country. Not only is the Collinsville Halloween Parade on The Daily Meal’s list, but it is ranked number 2. This event usually occurs the Saturday before Halloween. The resident ghost - Boosolini - kicks off the event and cannons shoot treats at the crowds.
This neighborhood really comes together to have fun on Halloween. It's a busy trick-or-treating street with many decorated home for families to enjoy. There are also many small side streets to trick-or-treat down as well.
Downtown Windsor is hopping every year for the Nightmare on Broad Street event. At this massive Halloween event on the green, kids can trick or treat, watch a Halloween movie, take a hay ride and more. The neighborhoods around downtown are hot destinations for trick or treating too, so bring a big bag if you are walking through Elm, Maple or Sycamore.
Main Street—Old Wethersfield
Visit the historical district of Wethersfield to do all your trick or treating. Until the end of the month, Main Street is decorated with seasonal scarecrows making the quaint, old-timey street even more perfect. Beyond the businesses, the big homes are all close together and some are even decorated by theme.
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Old Mistick Village is the perfect place to trick-or-treat! Photo courtesy of Old Mistick Village, via Facebook
Old Mistick Village—Mystic
It doesn’t get much more quintessentially Connecticut than trick-or-treating through Olde Mistick Village on Halloween night. Trick-or-treaters will also have the privilege of choosing which shoppe is decorated the spookiest.
You know you have arrived when “Best Trick-Or-Treating Neighborhood” is included in your real estate listing. Well, that is JUST the case for the folks who live along Bartlett Drive.
Halloween Spook-tacular Trick-or-Treating at the Tanger Outlets—Mashantucket
Kids can trick-or-treat in the outlet from store to store during the day, from 4-7 pm. There will be a magician performing, as well as some fun Halloween music.
Originally published October 2017; updated annually