Best Halloween Neighborhoods in America

by Doug Mack 
Posted Oct 17th 2013 03:30 PMUpdated Oct 21st 2013 01:46 PM



Halloween in Boston
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A great Halloween is not really about the candy, despite the youthful ambitions of an epic sugar haul. Like any holiday, it's about a shared celebration of traditions and rituals, the trappings here being spooky costumes, individually wrapped chocolates and all things pumpkin. In fact, Halloween is arguably more community-oriented than other holidays -- when was the last time you walked around your neighborhood on Thanksgiving, greeting friends and strangers alike, sampling a turkey leg here, some cranberry sauce there?

In that civic-minded spirit, we set out on a quest to find the best neighborhoods for Halloween, the places that go above and beyond in their celebrations. Some were renowned for being trick-or-treating hotspots, with streets lined with DIY decorations and crowded with thousands of pint-sized witches and superheroes. Others took a more adult-oriented approach, with masquerade balls remixed as rowdy street parties. And in some cases, it was all about the pumpkins, the bigger and more numerous the better.

The common thread among all of the celebrations? It turns out -- unsurprisingly, perhaps -- that a neighborhood's Halloween celebration typically fits its everyday character. The hip urban districts have the biggest parties, the Bohemian enclaves have the puppet-filled parades and the small towns have the timelessly wholesome traditions conjured by Norman Rockwell. The many flavors of Halloween showcase the varied identities of the nation.

We are showing you how to eat, drink and be scary this Halloween season. Read more about Halloween on AOL:
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Susan Beaupré-Kish

Um, where is Salem Massachusetts?!? The entire month of October is devoted to Halloween. Beacon Hill?! Surely you jest.

October 29 2013 at 4:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Susan Beaupré-Kish's comment

Totally agree with you Susan. The writer should ask \"Where do the people of Boston go to celebrate Halloween? SALEM!!

October 29 2013 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jessica Brofft

I thought the same thing!! I was in Salem 2 years ago in the beginning of October and there was a zombie walk. There is always something happening the month of October

October 30 2013 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy & Paul

The Bayridge neighborhood of Brooklyn was left out of the BEST HALLOWEEN neighborhoods. Stop by and see. Paul & Amy

October 29 2013 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Amy & Paul's comment

Grew up in BR so I know first-hand...unfortunately. Halloween falls on THurs. this year so we won't be venturing to Bklyn. like we did last year which was great except noone answered @ the Gingerbread House;(...

October 29 2013 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

having hard time clicking on haunted house link cause Disney Halloween gets highlighted also and when clicking on the haunted house it, I get taken to the Disney one instead.

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