Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, or they’re lining a busy road, or the neighbors are super cranky, some families just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. There are a few sites out there known for rating the best trick-or-treating in the country, but we’ve done a little of own local research. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly areas and events if you need an alternative.
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Zip Realty once crowned Rye as being one of the best places for trick-or-treaters, which it based on walkability and the presence of single-family homes. It also took home prices into consideration, rationalizing that the biggest houses give out the best candy. We’re not sure if that last one holds water, but we do know Rye is also the source of other entertaining Halloween happenings. 24/7 Wall Street, meanwhile, named Rye the best town for trick-or-treating in New York, noting its reasonable October temperatures and strong kid-to-adult population ratio.
Residents of Parrott Street in Cold Spring receive so many trick-or-treaters that candy donations are taken up for homeowners to “lighten the load.” The neighborhood is known for its awesome decorating and its throngs of costumed families.
Scarsdale was once named the No. 1 town in Niche.com’s Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in America (and No. 24 in the complete United States). Those looking for a safe place for their kids to roam may be particularly moved by the A+ Niche awarded the town for Crime & Safety.
Ridge Hill will have trick-or-treating for an hour during its HarvestFest on the Hill on Saturday, October 21, 2017. There will also be pony rides, games and more.
The Cross County Shopping Center is hosting free Halloween events as part of its Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Two times are offered, and RSVP-ing is recommended. In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be arts and crafts, fortune telling, inflatables and more.
Stew Leonard's will have trick-or-treating throughout its store on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Pick up a map at Customer Service to help find the candy.
The Hudson River Museum, meanwhile, will celebrate Halloween a few days early as part of its Halloweekend on October 28-29, 2017. In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be mask making, haunted tours, a parade and more.
The Chappaqua Public Library will have trick-or-treating for kids ages 4-6 on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Those in preschool and elementary school can trick-or-treat in the Lewisboro Library on Monday, October 30, 2017.
Get some extra mileage out of that costume with this free Trunk or Treat Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
The Larchmont Public Library is having a party for preschoolers on Halloween that will feature trick-or-treating. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Perfect for those years when the weather is truly wretched, kiddos can trick-or-treat at the Palisades Center on Halloween proper. Mall-o-ween is held from 5-7pm; maps will be provided to display participating stores.
Cornwall is a previous winner of the Daily Meal’s list of top trick-or-treating towns in the U.S.—in fact, it's won more than once. The site bases its findings on a Bloomberg list of the most family-friendly towns in the country, and then further drills down using such criteria as safety, scheduled Halloween events and walkability.
Warwick holds an annual afternoon parade down Main Street, concluding with a costume contest. Kids then head out around town for some serious trick-or-treating in neighborhoods that are very walkable and heavily decorated. One parent told us he purchases about 1,000 pieces of candy each year in preparation.
Kids can trick-or-treat at the historic houses on Huguenot Street on Halloween. Along the way, they'll meet "residents" of the area, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, socialites and flappers. A portion of the street is closed off to traffic during trick-or-treating.
This originally posted in 2015 and has been updated for 2017.