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Best place to trick-or-treat? San Francisco, study says

By Tiffany Hsu

8:31 AM PDT, October 16, 2012

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Trick-or-treating connoisseurs should head to San Francisco come Halloween for a ghoulish jaunt that involves the least walking, the most candy and the safest streets for kids, according to a new report.

Despite its hilly geography, San Francisco tops the list of best trick-or-treating cities from real estate website Zillow. The company weighed four variables in deciding its rankings: local home values, population density, walkability of neighborhoods and crime rates.

Fog City – especially the Presidio Heights and Sea Cliff zones – has high-priced homes likely occupied by wealthy residents more likely to give out hefty tubs of candy, according to the report.

Boston was second on Zillow’s list, followed by Honolulu, Seattle, San Jose and Chicago.

Los Angeles was seventh. The top neighborhoods to hunt for candy are, in order, Cheviot Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Studio City and Beverlywood, according to Zillow.

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A record number of Americans are set to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s 170 million people, or 71.5% of the population.

All told, they’ll spend $8 billion – or $70.82 a person – on candy, sexy cat costumes and various slithery, screechy porch decorations.

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