Trick-or-treating seems to be going out of style in many communities. Church carnivals and alternatives are taking its place. Those are fun, pretty safe and low stress for parents. However, Little Rock still has some neighborhoods that are trick-or-treating friendly so kids can experience this fun, annual tradition. Plus, it’s fun for homeowners to see the kids.
My neighborhood and others in Little Rock still get dozens of trick-or-treaters every year. Last year, I had over 100 kids visit on Halloween night. Many families who live in apartments, neighborhoods without sidewalks or neighborhoods that are otherwise unfriendly to pedestrian chose to migrate to another neighborhood to trick-or-treat. I think that has always been a popular option. When I was a kid, we would look for the biggest houses and the best decorations. Those houses were the ones where you would get the best candy. Here are a few neighborhoods that fit that description.
It’s not unsafe to trick-or-treat in Little Rock as long as you are careful. As always, be sure to follow all the safety tips. No neighborhood is 100% safe.
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Boo at the Zoo is open Halloween night, and it gets better every year. The Big Boo-seum Bash is another option, though usually not on Halloween night. Boo at the Zoo has an all-inclusive armband for $15 that gets you into every activity and ride. Many church groups and malls are having events too. Before Halloween, you can visit several “trunk-or-treat” events. More details and more alternatives.
2. The Heights, Little Rock
The Heights is an established Little Rock neighborhood and very walkable. A lot of the houses don’t really go all out with decoration, but you can normally leave with quite a candy haul. Just visit the houses with the lights. The Heights have been a popular trick-or-treat spot in Little Rock for decades. There are usually some special events or trunk-or-treats in the area as well.
3. Chenal, Little Rock
The Chenal residential area, out towards the Cantrell Wal-Mart, has some very nice houses that give away great treats. Many of the streets even have sidewalks for trick-or-treaters. It’s a relatively safe area with many nice streets close together, so you can spend less time driving from street to street. The best area is the one with the big houses in Chenal Valley, towards the Cantrell Wal-Mart.
4. Lakewood, North Little Rock
Lakewood is an older neighborhood located off of McCain Blvd. This was another favorite spot when I was a kid, and I understand the treats are just as good today. Lakewood is very walkable and safe. I would start at North Hills Boulevard and the neighborhoods surrounding it and work my way up. Quite a few houses in this area do decorate for Halloween.
5. Lake Wilastein Park or Country Club of Arkansas, Maumelle
Maumelle is a very walkable city, so several of the neighborhoods are trick-or-treatable. Start in the neighborhoods behind Kroger, near Lake Wilastein, or in the country club area and work your way around until your bags are full. Many of the neighborhoods don’t have sidewalks, but it’s still pretty safe to walk. Not many people decorate, but a few do and most will have their lights on.
6. Ashley Park, Bryant
The neighborhood around Ashley Park in Bryant is a favorite with parents. The streets are fairly walkable and there’s ample parking. I think it’s kind of fun that there’s an Elm street in the mix (the streets are named after trees). Ashley Park is located near the Bryant Municipal Court House. There are some decorations and lots of porch lights.
7. Pleasant Valley, Little Rock
Pleasant Valley is located near Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock. When I was a kid, this was the place to go in Little Rock. I’ve heard they don’t give the haul they used to, but it’s still a nice, safe neighborhood to trick-or-treat. Any of the houses in this area are pretty good if you see the porch light on.