According to Zillow, Boston is the eighth best city to trick-or-treat (Seattle is #1). Within Boston, the best five neighborhoods, in order, are Beacon Hill, North End, Back Bay, Charlestown and the South End.
Authentic Italian restaurants line Salem and Hanover streets, but the neighborhood’s high Walk Score and low crime rank are what puts it on the map this Halloween.
Zillow describes its methodology:
There is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy. However, to provide a more holistic approach to trick-or-treating, the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and fewest safety risks.