There are 3 reasons why LA is the best city for trick-or-treating. Our fabulous weather means no bulky coats obscure costumes. Being a gigantic city means lots of houses close together, and over-the-top special effects and decorations that will trick out many homes. So if your street doesn’t celebrate spectacularly, put those costumed kiddos in the car and visit one of these top streets to gather goodies.
Every year, trick or treaters from all over L.A. hit the streets of 90210 in search of the Halloween holy grail: full-size candy bars and envelopes of cash, natch. And while that’s mostly the stuff of legends, people then discover trick-or-treating hot spot Walden Dr. Get there early (before local teens show up with shaving cream in hand for a little grown-up fun) and enjoy the manicured lawns and epic homes decorated to the nines in Halloween garb and ghoulish mischief. Meet up at the beloved “Beverly Hills Witches House” on Walden Dr, which looks like a haunted fairytale cottage with gnarled trees and a creaky fence.
Where: Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue
The Westside little gem of Brentwood Glen is a slice of Americana in the bustle of city living. The walkable nabe, south of Sunset Blvd and west of the San Diego Freeway (405), is an ideal spot for little trick-or-treaters who are new to the tradition. Residents are generous with their candy as well as their Halloween spirit, evident in their decorated homes and glowing carved pumpkins. Bonus: If you’re looking to grab dinner and maybe score more candy, you can head to the Brentwood Country Mart, where they host trick or treating the night before from 3 to 5 pm.
Where: Brentwood Glen, between Church and Beloit streets
Hooray for Hollywood: this quiet neighborhood is home to some Disney folks who take Halloween seriously. Some of the homes go all out with costumes and decorations worthy of a movie set, and a few even set up haunted houses and shows on their lawns. Best of all, it’s safe and fun.
Where: Cross Streets – Mariposa and Valleyheart
While Downtown may not be the easiest place to go when it comes to trick-or-treating, the locals know how to throw a party. The Annual Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids at Grand Hope Park continues to thrive as parents celebrate the spookiest night of the year with bounce houses, caramel apples and “trick-or-treat-doors.” The event will be held October 31, from 5 pm to 8 pm and tickets cost $7 in advance, $10 day of.
Where: Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandise
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In the Huntington Palisades neighborhood is flooded (in a good way!) with parents, kids, and beautifully decorated Halloween houses. Some residents get really into the “spirit” and give out wine and hot toddies. Yep, we’re looking out for you, as well as your kids. The narrow Alphabet Streets north of Sunset (also known as North Village) are some of the best, most trick-or-treater friendly streets, with names that go in alphabetical order, good for remembering where you started and how to get back!
Where: Huntington Palisades, West of Sunset
While the happenings in Old Pasadena can’t be beaten with all the shops handing out candy, costume contests and more, for good old-fashioned trick-or-treating head to either of these two neighborhoods. Families are out in full force pulling little ones in wagons while older tykes charge safely from house to house filling their bags.
Where: Cross Streets – Monterey Road between Windsor Place & Diamond Avenue or Marengo Avenue & Fair Oaks
The hottest place to take your candy-fixated, costumed tots in the Santa Clarita valley is hands-down the Alta Drive “Pirate Cul-de-sac”. A giant pirate ship (see above), built just for Halloween, juts out of a house, and an elaborate Pirates of the Caribbean-esque setting on the lawn along with all of the in-character pirate residents to interact with will keep you entertained for hours. There are plenty of houses in this area showing off intricate and realistic Halloween productions, from magicians to haunted houses to space age adventures. Heads up, the house with the very still scarecrow on the porch is a real person. Boo! (Gets us every year). Parents get just as into character as kids and saunter the cul-de-sacs in crazy get-ups.
Where: Alta Drive
Reader Michelle Renee tipped us off to our new favorite spot: Sherwood Forest! Not only can you take your little Robin Hood to a mythic sounding place to trick or treat, this neighborhood goes all out with some really unique features, including a front lawn haunted maze and a Hogwarts-esque castle, complete with gargoyles. (That’s not a Halloween prop—that’s the actual house and it’s worth the drive just to see the house!).
Where: Near the Valley Performing Arts Center
The biggest Silver Lake Halloween street party takes place along Armstrong Ave. But if you prefer fewer crowds, Red Tri reader Coronado Yard Haunts got us looking at their up and coming hip Halloween hood. North Coronado St. between Sunset Blvd. & Scott Ave. has several houses that go all out full theatrics, yard haunts & special effects. And the rest of the neighbors love to dress up and greet the trick or treaters. Note: parking is tight up in the hills, so park on Sunset and walk up.
Where: Sunset & Coronado
The Toluca place is legendary for trick or treating. Literally. Though we’ve never confirmed it with anyone who actually experienced it, the urban legend held that Bob Hope used to personally give out full sized bars at his home here. Whatever the actual story, Toluca Lake has seized on the idea that they do Halloween best, and the hood is closed to traffic and filled with decked out lawns and homes (remember, many of the people who live here work at the nearby studios and love to show off their amazing prop and set design skills). And yes, there’s plenty of candy!
Where: Cross Streets – Toluca Estates Drive and Valley Spring Lane
This traffic-free destination is perfect for trick or treating. The four-block area is magically spooky with pumpkins and twinkle lights strung along the canals, fantastic decorations, and plenty of the requisite sugar treats. Homeowners are dressed up to dole out candy and even some of the boats are sporting ghoulish displays. Remember that the narrow walkways get crowded with little ones on a mission, so get there early—parking gets difficult as well.
Where: Cross Street – Dell and South Venice Boulevard
Wherever you plan on trick-or-treating, please carry lights and watch out for traffic. And if you’re visiting a neighborhood that isn’t your own, please be extra considerate about candy wrappers and other litter on the ground.
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