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Atlanta’s best Halloween neighborhoods

With so many neighborhoods to choose from, where’s the best place to snag treats?

It’s almost Halloween, Atlanta!
Historic Inman Park

Monday night is Halloween, which means this weekend will be filled with costume prep, pumpkin-carving, and the formulation of game-plans to maximize candy-gathering success. To help in the endeavor, here are four intown neighborhoods that should land you the best trick-or-treating experience this year!
  • Grant Park: For the quintessential creepy Halloween experience in Atlanta, head to one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The Victorian homes — probably haunted — surrounded by creepy old oak trees are definitely the right atmosphere for trick-or-treating. And with homes close together, you can hit a lot of them without a lot of walking. Check out Oakland Cemetery just north of the neighborhood before trick-or-treating to put your ghoulish self in the Halloween mood.
  • Old Fourth Ward: For those who like people-watching on Halloween, head to the Beltline to see a stream of costume-clad trick-or-treaters. With property values soaring in the neighborhoods along the path, you can bet there will be plenty of good treats to be snagged. Because nothing shouts “upwardly mobile” like a one-pound Snickers.
  • Virginia-Highland: For traditionalists, Virginia-Highland offers a family-friendly intown neighborhood with good walkability and a solid chance of stellar candy selection. A quick walk up the Beltline from Old Fourth Ward, this tony area could be a smart place to start the night before heading south.
  • Ansley Park: For those with even more upscale tastes than Virginia-Highland, head north of Piedmont Park to one of Atlanta’s grandest intown ‘hoods. Trick-or-treat among gorgeous turn-of-the-century mansions, which probably have some pretty killer candy.
  • North Buckhead: For Halloweeners who don’t mind trekking for their treats, the monied residential neighborhoods in Buckhead — among them Tuxedo Park, West Paces Ferry, Chastain Park, and Mt. Paran/Northside — could be ideal. While there might be long distances between houses, and gates might stand in the way at some estates, people with multi-million-dollar mansions likely have damn good candy. Think: king-sized Milky Ways!
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Inman Park. But that’s too obvious.

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