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Posted by Rona Fischman October 28, 2011 01:37 PM

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Happy Halloween!

When it comes to trick or treating, Boston comes in number two, on a national study by Zillow. The criteria were:
Median house price, walkability, population density, and crime. San Francisco came in first. Boston was number two.

Zillow reminds us, trick or treating -- like real estate in general -- is hyper-local. Boston’s best neighborhoods are Beacon Hill, Back Bay, North End, South End, Kenmore. Based on their criteria, I see it. These are high-median-priced areas with high density and good walkability and low crime. But, are they the best places to trick or treat? Where is your favorite place?

In the Huffington Post, there were also shout-outs for East Cambridge and Waban (a village in Newton.)

Looking at the criteria, I have some questions. Were the four factors weighted evenly? I hope not.

In general, high median house price would not be my highest priority condition. Rich people’s candy is not going to be all-that-much better than middle class candy, right? Do they give out Godiva on Beacon Hill? Then again, do kids care about Godiva? Probably not. Good candy can be found in moderate median price towns as well as high-priced ones, in my opinion.

Walkability and density sort of go together, when it comes to trick-or-treating. There is only so much trick-or-treating time, so close-together is a good deal. Walkability scores are about access to mass transit and stores, restaurants, movies and such; that is not all the relevant to Halloween night. The ability to get from door-to-door efficiently would come first; that’s density. City trick-or-treating can be very safe and efficient in a big building. The kids don’t even have to put on a coat. In the suburbs, the candy might be good, but it takes twice as long, or longer, to get from door to door.

Crime is a slam-dunk. If children are not safe in an area, they should not be trick-or-treating there. The idea is to have fun. If I were doing this survey, I would rule out places with any crimes against children reported during the previous two Halloweens.

What would you put into your perfect study of trick-or-treating locations? Where would you recommend for trick-or-treating in and around Boston?

Besides trick-or-treating, Halloween has become an occasion for home decorating, parades and parties.

There are a few somewhat famous houses that always do it up. Then there are some that do things some of the time. There are home-made decorations (like scarecrows) and store-bought (like the blow-up ghosts and monsters.) I generally find these things amusing, but not everyone does. Where do you stand on that?

Back Bay had a Halloween dog parade. Somerville called it’s last street fair of the season the Monster Mash-up in honor of Somerville Native “Boris” Pickett

Is Boston and the area around it a good place to celebrate Halloween?

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