When it comes to the cities where trick-or-treaters can score the best Halloween candy, the Windy City is among the cream of the crop, according to recent analysis from a real estate listing company.
Chicago, Illinois, recently made Zillow’s list of “Best Cities for Trick or Treating,” an annual report that the company produces this time of year in order to help kids and parents find the safest streets that also offer the most candy.
For the fourth consecutive year, San Francisco, California, led the way, beating out fellow Golden State metropolis Los Angeles. Chicago filled out the third position, followed by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California.
In order for Zillow to come to its conclusions on where the best cities are for safe and fun trick or treating, the company used four data variables, including median home value, Walk Score, population density and prevalence of crime. In Chicago, the top-scoring neighborhoods were Roscoe Village, Edison Park, Bucktown, Sheffield Neighbors and Belmont Heights.
Walking on foot and going door to door for candy may be easiest way for parents to go about trick or treating, but it’s not without its safety risks. The following tips from Safe Kids Worldwide can help ensure that parents get to and from their various destinations without injury.
- Cross at street corners or in crosswalks. Just because there may be a lot of pedestrians out walking on Halloween night doesn’t mean the rules of the road no longer apply. Safe Kids Worldwide noted that parents and kids should be sure to use crosswalks when going to the other side of the street and to obey all traffic signals.
- Make eye contact with drivers. Perhaps the best way to ensure that drivers realize someone’s in the road is by making eye contact. Parents should teach their kids to look at the person driving the car before crossing. If it’s nighttime and they can’t be seen, cross when cars have come to a complete stop and walk quickly.
- Keep electronic devices turned off. Seemingly everyone has a handheld device, which can come in handy because smartphones have apps that can double as flashlights. Other than for this reason, it’s best to keep phones down when walking to avoid a potential accident that may result from not paying attention.
- Wear brightly colored clothing. Spooky Halloween costumes tend to be dark in color, but if possible, parents are urged to outfit their kids with something that’s easily seen. If this isn’t possible, it’s a good idea to wear a reflective vest, which can usually be purchased at many sporting goods stores.
While trick or treating may be what young children primarily take part in, older kids may look to cause some Halloween headaches by toilet papering trees or “egging” houses. For this reason, a homeowners insurance update may be worthwhile. Jeanne Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute, stated recently that an upgrade can help ensure policyholders are effectively covered.