Monday night is Halloween, which means this weekend will be filled with costume prep, pumpkin-carving, and the formulation of game-plans to maximize candy-gathering success. To help in the endeavor, here are four intown neighborhoods that should land you the best trick-or-treating experience this year!
- Grant Park: For the quintessential creepy Halloween experience in Atlanta, head to one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The Victorian homes — probably haunted — surrounded by creepy old oak trees are definitely the right atmosphere for trick-or-treating. And with homes close together, you can hit a lot of them without a lot of walking. Check out Oakland Cemetery just north of the neighborhood before trick-or-treating to put your ghoulish self in the Halloween mood.
- Old Fourth Ward: For those who like people-watching on Halloween, head to the Beltline to see a stream of costume-clad trick-or-treaters. With property values soaring in the neighborhoods along the path, you can bet there will be plenty of good treats to be snagged. Because nothing shouts “upwardly mobile” like a one-pound Snickers.
- Virginia-Highland: For traditionalists, Virginia-Highland offers a family-friendly intown neighborhood with good walkability and a solid chance of stellar candy selection. A quick walk up the Beltline from Old Fourth Ward, this tony area could be a smart place to start the night before heading south.
- Ansley Park: For those with even more upscale tastes than Virginia-Highland, head north of Piedmont Park to one of Atlanta’s grandest intown ‘hoods. Trick-or-treat among gorgeous turn-of-the-century mansions, which probably have some pretty killer candy.
- North Buckhead: For Halloweeners who don’t mind trekking for their treats, the monied residential neighborhoods in Buckhead — among them Tuxedo Park, West Paces Ferry, Chastain Park, and Mt. Paran/Northside — could be ideal. While there might be long distances between houses, and gates might stand in the way at some estates, people with multi-million-dollar mansions likely have damn good candy. Think: king-sized Milky Ways!
- HONORABLE MENTION: Inman Park. But that’s too obvious.