Truly, the most fun time of year to connect with your neighbors is Halloween. Homeowners like to show off their home with cute and creative decorations that are supposed look scary. Everyone stocks up on candy to ward off would-be tricksters. Children are given license to roam the neighborhood searching for loot, proudly showing their treasures to any who ask. It certainly is an exciting evening for all who participate. Here are five neighborhoods in different parts of Minnesota that are the best to take the kids trick-or-treating. See some other top neighborhoods in a previously published article Best Neighborhoods For Trick-Or-Treating In Minnesota.
There are many options for parents looking for alternatives. The City of Anoka offers Minnesota’s largest Halloween Day parade with marching bands, floats and airplane stunts soaring over the parade route. Anoka’s Grand Day Parade takes place on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. The Mall of America claims to host the world’s largest trick-or-treat event. Minneapolis provides family fun festivities for Halloween in numerous parks. Check with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the target age group for each event. All kids are welcome at the Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul for treats from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween evening.
The City of Lakes annually ranks among the top twenty in the nation for good trick-or-treat neighborhoods. While home sales expert Zillow.com ranks only the major U.S. cities, the establishment also names the best neighborhoods like Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Isles, Fulton and Tangletown. Zillow.com chose these neighborhoods for high home value, walkability and housing density. They also had the lowest crime index.
Good homes and lots of kids make Woodbury the place for a festive Halloween. Over 16 percent of Woodbury’s residents are aged nine or younger. Family Circle Magazine placed this city among the best in the nation to raise a family because 43 percent of households have kids. Also the community has a spirit of doing good deeds and is diverse.
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“Halloween is my favorite holiday and is kind of a big deal in St Cloud,” Nikki Fisher of St Cloud’s Visitors and Convention Center said. Fisher says parents with little kiddies like to take them to Crossroads Shopping Center where they get to visit all the stores to fill their bags with lots of goodies. St Cloud has lots of nice neighborhoods, but you will find lots of kids living in the area between Roosevelt Road and 33rd St. South.
Top picks are Pill Hill, Elton Hills, Fox Croft, Folwell/Bailey Heights and Bamber Ridge areas. These are the neighborhoods have the most kids, lowest crime rate and highest priced homes according to the staff at Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The city of Rochester is among “America’s 10 best places to grow up,” according to U.S. News because it is a safe and friendly city loaded with facilities for children.
The city of Rogers is filled with kids. More than 20 percent of those living in Rogers are kids nine years of age and under. That, of course, means that houses in the area will be stocking up on candy for the holiday. Rogers is also one of “the best places to raise kids 2013,” according to Bloomberg Business Week Magazine.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.