The Best Chicago Neighborhoods for Trick or Treating

Halloween is near and the time to plan our trick-or-treating routes is upon us. While the temptation to dash through the streets dressed as ghouls and goblins is strong, we must remember that safety is always a top priority. Here are some of the best and safest neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in the Chicago area. 

The Best Trick or Treating in Chicago

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Zillow, a home and real estate marketplace, takes Halloween very seriously. The company creates a Trick-or-Treat Index every year based upon four equally weighted values — local crime data and Walk Score from Relocation Essentials, population density, and Zillow Home Value Index. The list shows which neighborhoods are the most lucrative for the costumed crowd. If you're interested in traditional trick or treating, choose any (or all) of the five neighborhoods which appear on Zillow's Trick-or-Treat Index. 

Belmont Heights

Belmont Heights, 13 miles northwest of the Loop, has streets lined with 100-year-old trees. The residential properties consist of bungalows, small single-family houses, condominiums, and low-rise apartment buildings. There are older Queen Anne-style homes and newly constructed larger houses.

Edison Park

Edison Park, on Chicago's far northwest side, allows people to live in the city while feeling like they live in the suburbs. This neighborhood's homes consist of bungalows, condominiums, Tudor-style and Victorian-style homes, and newly built homes, all on large grassy lots.


Ravenswood is a mix of condominiums and single-family homes — new properties and older renovated houses — many on larger lots (with green lawns) than in other Chicago neighborhoods. There are many large trees throughout Ravenswood. Old Town School of Folk Music in Ravenswood hosts concerts by well-known folk singers.

Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village is a family oriented neighborhood which feels more like a separate village than part of a big city. There are many single-family homes here, plus some small apartment buildings. It is not unusual to see parents pushing baby carriages or taking toddlers to one of the neighborhood parks.


In 1976, Sheffield was one of the first neighborhoods in Illinois designated a National Historic District by the U.S Department of the Interior. The 30-year period between 1875 and 1905 saw most of the neighborhood's commercial and residential buildings constructed. Four districts in Sheffield are Chicago landmark districts — the Armitage-Halstead Commercial District, McCormick Rowhouses, 2100 block of Bissell Street, and the west side of the 2100 block of Fremont Street.

City-Wide Halloween Celebrations

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If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate Halloween throughout the city. These tips from can help you decorate your home or create your own haunted house. You may also decide to visit one of these city-wide Halloween events. 

Franken Plaza

Chicago celebrates Halloween throughout the city during the entire month of October, not just on October 31st. Events are happening everywhere. Visit Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The names changes to Franken Plaza and the water in the fountains turn to Orange.

Haunted Chicago

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Go on one of the tours of haunted Chicago organized by the Chicago History Museum. Choose from among the Creepy Cemetery Tour, Eerie Bus and Trolley Tour, or Paranormal Pub Crawl.

The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier — "Zombie Containment"

If you're interested in a scary live action performance, consider going to The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier. The Zombie Army, a group of artists and tradespeople, creates high-quality productions for films, special events, and Halloween.  Navy Pier is the site for the team's latest Chicago production, The Fear Haunted House. Called "Zombie Containment," the show is low-scare with lights on during the day. The evening show is a high-scare, aggressive, interactive haunted house.

Whether you go trick-or-treating or decide to hold your own personal fright-fest this year, safety is always a top priority. These neighborhoods are among the safest and most lucrative destinations for you and your little trickster. Why not start early and see if you can hit them all?

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