Bennion & Deville’s Pick’s on Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods For Trick-Or-Treating
Ranked #5 in Zillow.com’s best cities for trick-or-treating around the nation, Seattlites can brag about some major trick-or-treating potential for their 206 tots in costume this year.
Where Zillow took into account the Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score statistics, and local crime data from Relocation Essentials for their Trick-or-Treat Housing Index, we were far more interested in Seattle’s family friendliest neighborhoods where the homes are tightly packed, the walkways are short and the potential for candy – and lots of it – was high.
Although Bob Bennion & Bob Deville are known throughout the region for sales of premium and luxury homes in Seattle, the Eastside, and the greater Puget Sound region, for this best of Halloween trick-or-treating roundup, we chose to focus on some of our better stomped Seattle streets. From years of placing extraordinary families in extraordinary homes in the following neighborhoods, the Bennion and Deville Fine Homes team has grown to know these areas inside and out and can guarantee that these are some of the best streets to hit tonight as the night of the living kids in costumes gets underway.
Whether you are new to Seattle and eager to get a taste of some of our finer neighborhoods tonight, or simply seeking a new loot loop to keep the magic alive, for the most candy, just enough thrill, the least amount of walking and the fewest safety risks we recommend these five Seattle trick-or-treating sweet spots:
Madison Park has long gotten a nod as one of Seattle’s Halloween hotspots due to years of rumors of the large size of treats handed out from some generous neighborhood residents (king-size candy bars have long drawn the crowds). Favorited on Halloween for the large neighborhood sprawl: safe streets, big houses, and friendly businesses, Madison Park and the gated Broadmoor community are a flutter with costumed kids every year seeking the mother load.
For some frightening fun, a serious sugar high, and heaps of homes to tackle, Capitol Hill is a hotbed of Halloween happenings — call it Capitol Hilloween. Some homes last year were treated to over 1000 trick-or-treaters, a huge dancing flash mob, costumes that included real ponies and other spooky surprises. Hosts of some of Capitol Hill’s “haunted” houses look every bit the part when they open the door to daring knockers and neighbors are constantly trying to outdo each other with decorations. Bordered by the anything-goes-on-Halloween Broadway/Pike/Pine crowd, when the kid’s bags are full and that sugar high is wearing off you may just get a show on your drive home from late night costume-party goers before the holiday nostalgia washes away.
Seattle’s hill top community also has a dense concentration of single family homes and thus lots of treats per foot walked. With so many great schools, a fabulous farmers market, some of Seattle’s finest views, Queen Anne is a very family friendly community. With huge residential areas, particularly East and West Queen Anne which meet in the middle at the top of the hill at a bustling main drag this area is swimming in kids year after year. Queen Anne Ave certainly pulls out all the Halloween stops with businesses and merchants that open their doors to neighborhood ghosts and gremlins.
Home to boutiques, bistros, trendy bars, vintage shops and one of Seattle’s best farmer’s markets, Ballard’s unique personality caters to a wide variety of residents, many of which are young families. With a thriving sense of community pride, many of Ballard’s local businesses take part in the fun of Halloween, handing out treats to the hoards of little kids in costume that take to the street each year in the earlier evening hours.
This north central Seattle neighborhood features street after street of single-family craftsman homes, sidewalk cafes and small shops and boutiques- Wallingford residences, who have long ranked among Seattle’s more trick-or-treater-friendly homes have a few traditions that really get them in the spooky spirit including costume swaps, carving contests and even a few haunted homes that pop up every year. Populated at one time by a lot of high-income, urban singles, this hip enclave just off of 45th is full of kiddies now! If you’re not full to the brim on treats by the end of the night, make sure to hit the infamous Molly Moon ice cream or Seattle favorite Dick’s Drive-in before you retreat home with your Halloween haul.
Other Halloween happenings
- University Village Trick-or-Treat: most merchants will be passing out candy from 4-6 pm. Retreat to the covered play area post your store rounds to burn off some energy. 4-6 pm, free.
- Seattle Children’s Museum’s Costume Carnival. Silly Spooky story time, haunted mountain, scavenger hunt. 4-8, free.
- Halloween Candy Buy Back Program- gives kids the option to trade their candy for cash and Operation Gratitude the chance to send the treats to our U.S. troops overseas. Participating Seattle businesses include:
- Seattle Kids Dentistry
- Greenlake Kids Dentistry
- Little Pearls Kids Dentistry & Smiles
- Smiles by Smita Orthodontics
- Keith B. Wong, DDS MS Specialist in Orthodontics
Be safe, have fun, and remember to turn your porch light on! Seattle’s neighborhoods are chock full of friendly family fun and the Bennion & Deville team wishes you a frighteningly fun Halloween.