Here are our picks for best Denver neighborhoods where you'll get more bang for your buck—er, treats for your efforts ... Whatever.
The combination of a massive number of kids, a ton of homes close together, safe streets, and lots of homeowners in the Halloween spirit – and willing to disgorge copious amounts of candy to neighbors and total strangers alike – makes Stapleton a veritable mecca for trick-or-treaters," says Stapleton resident Brendan Loy, who estimates he and his wife hand out at least 1,200 pieces of candy each Halloween. "Not only do the neighborhood kids come out in force, but countless people from surrounding neighborhoods drive into Stapleton just so their kids can trick-or-treat here."
One year Loy even took a timelapse video of the trick-or-treating frenzy. Check it out here:
On the far west side of the metro area lies a sweet little neighborhood that's always ripe with Halloween spirit! Located just southeast of 6th Avenue West and Indiana Street in Golden, the houses on these streets are well-kept and tidy, with a stable, family-friendly vibe. If you live in Lakewood, Golden, or Wheat Ridge (and your neighborhood sucks at Halloween), then this cute community is a perfect place to take your costumed little ones. Map it here!
A little more central to the metro area is the Meadowlark neighborhood, just south of West 6th Avenue between Garrison and Carr, in Lakewood. With four schools within one mile of the neighborhood, you can trust the community to be pretty family-friendly. Modest brick houses and neat lawns line the slightly curved streets, and the "word on the street" is that there are always tons of porch lights on! Map it here!
Just east of the Cherry Creek neighborhood lies Hilltop, with its gorgeous, perfectly spaced houses. This neighborhood is a hotspot for trick-or-treaters because the people who can afford to live in Hilltop can also afford to fill candy bags with the best, most quality loot—and lots of it. You'll find Hilltop between Colorado and Monaco, and Alameda and East 6th Avenue. Map it here!