Tricks and Treats

It’s scary how well Dallas ranks among best U.S. cities for Halloween

It’s scary how well Dallas ranks among best U.S. cities for Halloween

Prepare your candy buckets, boys and ghouls: Dallas is now one of the sweetest places to be on All Hallows’ Eve. Real estate site Zillow released its seventh annual list of the best U.S. cities for trick-or-treating, and Dallas cracks the top 20 for the first time.

While Dallas sneaks in at No. 17, San Francisco dominates Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat Index for the fifth year in a row, with San Jose (No. 2) and Los Angeles (No. 3) creeping up from behind.

Zillow’s research team calculated the safest place for trick-or-treaters to scare up the best candy in the shortest amount of time by considering four variables: value of single-family homes, proximity of houses, age of residents, and local crime data.

More important for Dallas candy collectors, Zillow also nailed down the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in the city. The real estate site placed North Dallas in the lead, followed by Bluffview, Lake Highlands, Oak Cliff, and Preston Hollow, respectively. 

In similar news, Dallas also ranks highly on WalletHub’s list of the best cities for Halloween, landing at No. 14. The criteria for this roundup were a little different; the finance site wanted to know which places promised a hauntingly good time without frightening your wallet.

Researchers compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 16 key metrics, ranging from the number of costume stores per capita to the average cost of a Halloween party ticket to the best and worst weather forecasts for Halloween. Turns out North Texas in general is a good place to be on Halloween, because three cities claim top 10 spots: Irving (No. 6), Garland (No. 8), and Plano (No. 10).

Arlington slides in at No. 19, giving Dallas-Fort Worth a total of five in the top 20. Boo.