Trick-or-treating seems to be going out of style in many communities. Church carnivals and alternatives are taking its place. However, Little Rock still has some neighborhoods that are trick-or-treat friendly. 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. Please feel free to add your own favorite trick-or-treat spots (or tell me if mine were stingy with the candy this year). As always, be sure to follow all the safety tips
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Boo at the Zoo is open Halloween night, and this year kids are going to get more candy per treat station, which means less lines and more activities. 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 and the Big Boo-seum Bash. More details and more more alternatives
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. The Heights have been a popular trick-or-treat spot in Little Rock for decades.
The Chenal residential area, out towards the Chenal 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.
4. Lakewood, North Little RockLakewood 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.
5. Lake Wilastein Park, MaumelleMaumelle is a very walkable city, so several of the neighborhoods are trick-or-treatable. Start in the neighborhoods behind Kroger, near Lake Wilastein, 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.
6. Ashley Park, BryantThe 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.
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.