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Best places to go trick or treating in Los Angeles

Make trick or treating plans with our guide to the top neighborhoods to visit for a fun Halloween with kids.

Photograph: Lori Branham
Spadena House, also known as the Witch's House.

Looking for the best places for trick or treating? The best part of Halloween in Los Angeles is picking the neighborhood where kids (and let’s be honest: parents) can score the best Halloween candy in town. Stroll through the posh streets of Brentwood, head over the hill to old-school Toluca Lake and there’s always Venice Beach for seaside trick or treating—gondola rides included. Dress up in your best Halloween costumes and hit the streets. There’s something for everyone this Halloween season: your biggest challenge is finding a pillowcase big enough for all your candy.

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Angelino Heights: A Historian's Halloween

Vintage craftsman bungalows, towering Victorians and dark mysterious mansions are the ideal backdrop to a spooky Halloween night in Angelino Heights. Streets bend and fold around the leafy hillsides of one of LA’s oldest neighborhoods, making for a great destination for the older and ambitious trick or treater who will get a side of LA history with their stash of Nerds and Kit Kats. Residents of the popular Carroll Avenue—also known as The Haunted District—have Halloween fun and don’t skimp on the candy either.

Where: Carroll Avenue and Douglas Street 

The loot:
 Pop Rocks, a classic with a lot of snap

Brentwood: A Town and Country Halloween

The Westside little gem of Brentwood Glen is a slice of Americana in the bustle of city living. The walkable nabe, south of Sunset Blvd and west of the San Diego Freeway (405), is an ideal spot for little trick-or-treaters who are new to the tradition. Residents are generous with their candy as well as their Halloween spirit, evident in their decorated homes and glowing carved pumpkins. Bonus: If you’re looking to grab dinner and maybe score more candy, you can head to the Brentwood Country Mart, where they host trick or treating the night before from 3 to 5pm.

Where: Brentwood Glen, between Church and Beloit Streets

The loot:Crunch Bar—classic, stylish and tasty.

Downtown: A Halloween for Urban Dwellers

While Downtown may not be the easiest place to go when it comes to trick-or-treating, the locals know how to throw a party. The Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids at Grand Hope Park continues to thrive as parents celebrate the spookiest night of the year with bounce houses, caramel apples and “trick-or-treat-doors.” The event will be held October 31, from 5pm to 8pm and tickets cost $5.

Where: Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandise

The loot: Sour Patch Kids, sweet, tart and a perfect crowd pleaser for the downtown set. 

Venice Beach: A Seaside Venetian Halloween

Venice Beach’s canal community is known for going all out on Halloween. Grab your ghouls and come early to stroll around the bridges, take in the spooky decorations and twinkly lights and, most importantly, meet costume-clad homeowners who happily hand out treats. Prepare for parking difficulties but do plan on spending a few hours to enjoy the scenery and take in the decorations.

Where: Dell and Venice Boulevard

The loot:  It’s an apples-and-raisins kinda town, but don’t worry, they don’t skimp on chocolate either.

Sierra Madre: Small Town USA

For years, Alegria Street in charming Sierra Madre, a foothill community east of Pasadena, has become known for its Halloween-decorated craftsman homes and bungalows. Hundreds of families head to this community nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains to see the ghoulish decorations and the dozens of professionally carved pumpkins made by locals and, of course, scout out candy. It’s always about the candy.

Where: Alegria Street, between Baldwin and Mountain Trail

The loot: Classic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate  

Toluca Lake: Hollywood Glam & Executive

Toluca Lake is known for its TV studios and movie executives that call this Valley jewel home. Come Halloween, it’s also a highly sought-after neighborhood known as “the flats” by locals who head from their hillside homes to trick or treat amongst the sprawling ranch houses. Bob Hope’s former house on Ledge Avenue and Moorpark Street is a great place to start your trek. Although he and Dolores Hope are no longer passing out full-size candy bars and kazoos, neighbors continue the tradition of a lively Halloween spirit.

Where: Ledge Ave and Moorpark St; Toluca Estates Drives and Valley Spring Lane

The loot: Snickers—it satisfies Tolucans.

Beverly Hills: That’s where I want to be...

Every year, trick or treaters from all over LA hit the streets of 90210 in search of the Halloween holy grail: full-size candy bars and envelopes of cash, natch. And while that's mostly the stuff of legends, people then discover trick-or-treating hot spot Walden Dr. Get there early (before local teens show up with shaving cream in hand for a little grown-up fun) and enjoy the manicured lawns and epic homes decorated to the nines in Halloween garb and ghoulish mischief. Meet up at the beloved “Beverly Hills Witches House” on Walden Dr, which looks like a haunted fairytale cottage with gnarled trees and a creaky fence.

Where: Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue 

The loot: Nerds—sweet, tart and addicting

Redondo Beach: The French Riviera Meets Halloween

Halloween at Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village has become an annual city tradition for locals who come for the candy and stay for dinner and shopping. The six-blocks and 300 shops that make up the village host a safe and organized early night of trick or treating from 4 pm to 6 pm. The spot offers a not-so-spooky view of the Pacific Ocean for costume-clad kids that will have fun bopping along the lively village streets.

Where: 1799 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach

The loot: Twix, a perfect chocolate biscuit for this European-style village

Santa Monica: A Chic Halloween Hop

With 150 boutiques, bistros and even a Bundt cake bakery, the ever-stylish and always chic Montana Ave is a great place for families to celebrate Halloween. The annual Halloween Hop, from 3-6pm, is a long-standing community tradition, continues to be a popular one for families who seek a fun and safe evening of trick or treating. Kiddos and their parents can meander down the 10-block shopping street and enjoy a sweet candy escape, then head to the surrounding residential neighborhood to end the night with more treats than tricks.

Where: Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th Streets

The loot: Kit Kat, a classic & chic wafer