Halloween is only a couple weeks away, which means it's time to start finalizing costumes (just realized you're in a pinch? We've got you covered with easy, last-minute costume ideas!) and determining where you're taking the kiddos trick or treating, especially if you're looking to branch out past your own neighborhood this year. Not sure where to start looking? Check out these Houston neighborhoods and hotspots for fun, safe, and friendly trick or treating this Halloween.
Residents of the Heights are known for being generous with their candy and festive with their Halloween decor, making this neighborhood a favorite stop for the kids, while parents love the walkability of the streets and friendliness of the homeowners.
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Nestled in the heart of Katy, Cinco Ranch is the ideal neighborhood for West Houston residents to head for their trick-or-treating fun. The large community has made a name for itself when it comes to being safe, family-friendly, and festive, and kids and parents alike love how easy it is to navigate the streets while collecting candy.
Bellaire has long been a favorite for Houston residents when it comes to partaking in Halloween fun and safe trick or treating, and it continues to rank among the best places to take the kids on Oct. 31. Because of its widespread popularity, definitely plan on arriving early and bringing an extra candy bucket so you can enjoy walking the streets with the kids without having to head back to the car early to make room for more treats.
In Northwest Houston, Coles Crossing is a sprawling neighborhood typically full of fun and festive decorations.
This north-central neighborhood is home to some beautiful houses and is walking distance from the Galleria, so there is lots to see and do nearby!
Bass Pro Shops Great Pumpkin Celebration
Face painting, candy bag decorating, hot chocolate drinking, costume parading, and trick or treating can all be enjoyed from 4-8 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops' Great Pumpkin Celebration in Katy and Pearland. Don't forget to get a picture of the kids with the Peanuts' gang while you're there!
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Mall-O-Ween at San Jacinto Mall
From 5-7 p.m. on Halloween night, Baytown residents are invited to bring the kids and trick or treat the shops at San Jacinto Mall's annual Mall-O-Ween event. In addition to collecting candy, kids can also visit the pumpkin patch and snap some photos with celebrity favorites like Cinderella and Luke Skywalker. Children 12 and under will receive a complimentary candy bag (while supplies last).
Photo courtesy of CityCentre
Halloween Trick-or-Treat at CityCentre
If you're looking to break free from the traditional house to house trick or treating, head to CityCentre on Halloween instead. From 5-8 p.m., kids are invited to come trick-or-treat the shops, then make their way to the plaza after for the monster mash. Stores passing out treats are easily identifiable by their orange and black balloons.
Top photo via Daniel Horande/Flickr
This post originally published in October 2016.