Every year, Zillow uses data to rank the country’s best cities for trick-or-treating and year after year, San Francisco ranks top of the list. Calculating the value of homes in single-family residences, local crime data, how close each house is to its neighbor, and the age of the residents who live there, Zillow compiles the best cities and their best neighborhoods. This year, SF ranks in the top five at number three!
We combined Zillow’s data-driven favorites with decades of local expertise to share the details on Halloween’s best trick-or-treating neighborhoods in the city! Get your costumes ready and take to the streets for haunted houses, ghoulish decorations, tricks and plenty of treats for the whole family. Happy Halloween!
Surrounded by the urban atmosphere of the Richmond District and ritzy Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights is a small enclave of Edwardian homes built after the 1906 earthquake. Because the historic homes are primarily single-family houses, it’s a great neighborhood for children — whether you’re living there yourself or visiting on Halloween!
In their rankings, Zillow rated Presidio Heights as the number one neighborhood for trick-or-treating in San Francisco. Because the neighborhood is often decked out with festive and haunting decor but isn’t the most well-known spot in the city, it’s a great option for a less crowded, family-friendly experience!
North of Panhandle, the neighborhood we affectionately call NoPa, is essentially located in the geographic center of San Francisco surrounded by Golden Gate Park, the University of San Francisco and the University of California Medical Center. In true city-living style, the neighborhood boasts some of the city’s best restaurants, including NoPa, Nopalito and Bar Crudo.
If you’re looking for more than the traditional trick-or-treating experience this Halloween, it’s a must-visit! Eat dinner at one of the aforementioned restaurants; then, head to Grove Street between 5 and 10 p.m. for the Halloween Extravaganza hosted by North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association! In collaboration with the 1500 and 1600 blocks as well as several local households, the October 31st event includes a costume contest, parade, haunted houses, and a lot of trick or treating.
In a word, Noe Valley is family-friendly. Featuring many of San Francisco’s trademark Edwardian- and Victorian-style homes, both local and visiting families flock to 24th Street every day of the week to shop charming boutiques, peruse the farmer’s’ market and eat at some of the city’s best cafés.
On Halloween evening, the same is true for trick-or-treaters. Along 24th Street, Fair Oaks Street, 21st and 26th Streets, you’ll find homes and businesses handing out candy. And many of these roads are closed off to traffic as well! For the height of candy collection, show up around 6 p.m. We suggest arriving via public transportation because parking can be a struggle!
For those looking for spacious lots, luscious landscapes and scenic streets, the established neighborhood of Sea Cliff offers some of the most desirable real estate in the city. Located along the Golden Gate National Recreational Area Coastal Trail at Lands End, between the Legion of Honor and the Cliff House, the homes have easy access to some of the city’s most beautiful, historic and educational attractions.
On Halloween, crowds of children and families will flock to the homes of residents like Photographer Ansel Adams, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, and rock guitarists Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Rumor has it, you may even get a few full-size candy bars!
Located just up the hill from the heart of Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley is a charming hillside neighborhood with beautiful homes, winding streets and magnificent park landscapes perfect for families and their dogs! Offering a few of the city’s must-try restaurants — including Zazie which offers weekly Free Corkage Night and Dog Dining on the Patio Night — we suggest touring the streets by day and night.
On Halloween night, it’s one of the most hopping ‘hoods in the city! Belvedere Street between 17th Street and Parnassus Avenue shuts down to cars and opens up for fun. More like a block party than a classic trick or treating scene, you’ll find crowds of youngsters, fantastical decorations and ghouls a-plenty. Be sure to come early to avoid the hunt for parking if you can. And be warned, the hills may wear out little legs so consider bringing a stroller or wagon along as well!
When St. Francis Wood was originally developed, tight restrictions meant builders couldn’t build apartment buildings, stables, saloons, mortuaries or any structure that blocked a neighbor’s view or sunlight. Today, the neighborhood has remained elegant with glamorous and luxurious family homes on every corner.
On Halloween, those spacious front yards often don fake graveyards and other festive decor, inviting the neighborhood children for both tricks and treats! Winding lanes, towering pines and looming Eucalyptus trees will provide a creepy vibe, but you’ll find friendly faces at every door.
Nestled in the southernmost part of the city, Glen Park was designed for working families with busy lifestyles. Its close proximity to the Glen Park Bart Station and its charming main street make it a great option for work and play! With a small town feel, the neighborhood is a self-contained hillside village whose curvy streets have a quaint, old-world flavor and homes that date back to the Victorian era.
The charm continues on Halloween evening. Along the main street and into the surrounding residential streets, you’ll find owners and families handing out treats for all ages. Complete with carved pumpkins and holiday decor, you’ll want to come back year after year. You may even want to move in yourself!
If you look up things we love about Lake Street, you’ll find picturesque properties, a bike path, peaceful seclusion with nearby urban bustle, and easy access to parks, playgrounds and beaches. Bordering both the Presidio and Sea Cliff, you’ll find hikes, bike trails, picnic areas, characteristic views and plenty of fresh air right in the city. Homes include classic Victorian and Edwardian structures nestled into charming cul-de-sac blocks.
During the Halloween season, these single-family homes transform into picturesque holiday-themed attractions. Pumpkins and skeletons will pop up throughout the neighborhood, inviting all costumed trick or treaters!
As the host of the San Francisco World’s Fair, the Marina District was gifted with the Palace of Fine Arts which now serves as the neighborhood’s anchor and icon. Surrounding the picturesque structure, you’ll find a pleasant balance of residential streets and bustling local business — all with a strong sense of community and pride for our city.
The most popular neighborhood spot on Halloween is Avila Street! In past years, they’ve blocked off the residential street to cars so costumed families can collect candy and celebrate the holiday in a safe atmosphere. Stop by this year to check it out!
In West Portal, you’ll find one of San Francisco’s rarest attractions: front and backyards! With plenty of single-family homes offering plenty of space, the neighborhood has been attracting local families for decades. The tight-knit community and old-school local businesses have created a small-town feel in the middle of one of the country’s biggest cities.
On Halloween, the community comes together in classic old-school style with haunting and fun Halloween decor. Travel house to house to see the residents’ decorations and festive pumpkins, or stop by the historic CinéArts at the Empire to see what’s playing on the big screen.
From all of us at McGuire Real Estate, have a safe and happy holiday!