We’ve done the homework for you, calculating walkability, crime ratings for safety concerns and population density. These three factors combined provide trick-or-treaters a level of ease when considering where to bring your family for a night roaming along city streets. Each neighborhood has community centers and advocates that can be contacted for Halloween events scheduled to occur this holiday.
Beacon Hill Village
17 Myrtle St.
Boston, MA 02114
The gigantic candy bars and the open door policy that lends an almost block party atmosphere are not the only reasons to trick-or-treat in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Taking into consideration the walkability factor, population density and crime rate this area has maintained over the years, Beacon Hill has been rated the number one spot to show off the children’s Halloween costumes across the nation. Visiting ghosts and ghouls in big rambling homes and festive lawns only two feet away from each other makes this holiday a treat with safety, fun and expediency part of the attraction to parents in Boston.
Bay Village/ Back Bay Annex
1 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
Bay Village is a tight-knit group of housing usually forgotten, nestled in the heart of Boston. This pristine local district is historically the Charles River marshes and Mill pond, converted into a family neighborhood. The key that unlocks the door making this Back Bay area a must-go is ‘history.’ It may seem like candy is all the little ones may be thinking of, but for the adults, door-to-door ventures can be time consuming. The door fronts here are lined up without long walks to door bells. The community in Bay Village takes careful measures with safety and cleanliness. The beauty of the neighborhood doesn’t get lost, even on Halloween.
Brookline, MA 02445
Set your sites on Beacon Street and feel free to enjoy this family-friendly neighborhood with the children. Young families abound in this well-maintained neighborhood. Amid new friends of all ages, you’re bound to fill up the trick-or-treat bag in a jiffy. Chestnut Hill neighbors will be waiting patiently to see all the colorful, inventive costumes the kids are dying to show off. Scavenger hunts and parades are normally scheduled during this secular holiday. Make the evening a pleasant adventure for everyone by coming to this neighborhood for Halloween.
Blackstone Community Center
50 W. Brookline St.
Boston, MA 02118
The South End is a trendy low-crime neighborhood with bow-front houses lined up for easy walkability. It is filled with helpful costumed creatures of its own variety ready at each door and stoop, dolling out treats or tricks. The party-style atmosphere makes the Halloween holiday worthwhile for a large family venture. Parks and tree-lined property makes the family dog dressed as a spider a comfy addition to the group, giving the family pet a spot to trick-or-treat as well. Satisfy the need to fill those bags and get ready for fun. Community kids parties are scheduled to begin at various parks in the neighborhood during daylight hours.
Charlestown Community Center
255 Medford St.
Charlestown, MA 02129
There’s no place more picturesque even without the Halloween decorations than Charlestown. With children bustling from door to door beneath gas-lit street lamps, undoubtedly the stage is set. An annual Halloween parade is bound to pass by in the daylight filled with fairy princesses who delight in sharing gifts of candy for the youngsters along its parade route. A goblin band comes out of hiding this season to start gearing up the excitement for what is yet to come when evening trick-or-treating begins.
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