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Best Neighborhoods To Trick-Or-Treat In Chicago

Halloween is practically synonymous with haunted houses, creative costumes and dastardly decor. But what if you're looking for a neighborhood or two for some trick-or-treating? Whether you're new to the Chicago area or want to scope out a new neighborhood, you're in for a treat. The following are four areas in Chicago, as well as one suburb, that are sure to delight trick-or-treaters hoping to scoop up candy on Halloween, with some areas planning additional celebrations in honor of the big day. For an additional list of neighborhoods to visit on the scariest night of the year, consider checking out our previous article.
Halloween 2012 In New York City
(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Lincoln Park
Clark Street from Diversey Parkway to Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Consider celebrating Halloween in style by visiting the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. If you don't want to wait for Oct. 31, then you're in luck. You can celebrate Halloween earlier this year by participating in the 2015 Clark Street Spectacular on Clark Street from Diversey Parkway to Armitage Avenue, and the south side of Diversey Parkway from Orchard St. to Lakeview Avenue. Held Oct. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m., the event includes trick-or-treating, as well as scarecrows on parade. You can also visit Lincoln Park Zoo for the Spooky Zoo Spectacular, held Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes trick-or-treating, as well as activities just for toddlers.

Hyde Park Neighborhood
Harper Ave. between 57th and 59th Sts.
Chicago, IL 60637

For many Chicago families in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, Halloween isn't complete without trick-or-treating along Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th Streets. This area is noted for its all-out celebration of Halloween, complete with haunted houses, costumes and, of course, candy. Trick-or-treaters are known to gawk over the decor and displays in the homes, too. The famed stretch of trick-or-treating takes you right to the University of Chicago campus, and is near plenty of public transportation options. Mark your calendar; the annual event is held on Halloween.

Norwood Park Chamber
(Photo Credit: Norwood Park Chamber's Facebook)

Norwood Park Neighborhood
Chicago, IL 60631

Tucked away in the extreme northwest side of Chicago, the neighborhood of Norwood Park offers an assortment of historic homes and newer developments. The result is an area with quite a few places to get candy for the ghosts and goblins in your family. The neighborhood includes the Norwood Park Metra Station on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line, so you can easily stop in and visit from Chicago or the northwest suburbs. Why else do we like Norwood Park? The neighborhood boasts an assortment of restaurants, so you and your trick-or-treaters can cool your heels while grabbing a bite to eat after an afternoon of scooping up sweets. To get started with your trick-or-treating, make your way to Northwest Highway and Raven St.

Related: Best Neighborhoods For Trick-Or-Treating In Chicago

Oak Park
(708) 358-5670

Chicago isn't the only place for trick-or-treating this year. If you live or work in Oak Park, then consider making the historic suburb part of your plans. Although Halloween falls on a Saturday, that doesn't quite mean you and your child should starting ringing doorbells as soon as the sun rises. As noted on the Village of Oak Park's website, Halloween trick-or-treating hours are "typically" from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Roscoe Village
Chicago, IL 60618

Make your way to the trendy Roscoe Village neighborhood for some trick-or-treating this year. The neighborhood is located near the Chicago River and offers several public transportation options in the area. Roscoe Village is also hosting its 17th annual RVN Halloween parade on Oct. 25. The event incorporates several activities, including a parade, costume contests and trick-or-treating, and starts at Roscoe St. and Oakley Ave. with a parade at 2 p.m. If you're looking for a starting point in Roscoe Village for your trick-or-treating adventures, then keep in mind the neighborhood includes Addison St. and Belmont Ave.

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Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in "-er." She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at


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