San Francisco has consistently been named one of the best places to trick-or-treat in the U. S. by Zillow and was in the #1 spot in 2017. That's because they have a fabulous house-to-candy ratio. Trick-or-treating there is very different than most places, with their high rise buildings, crazy amounts of traffic and small quirky neighborhoods nestled in the middle of the city. But these characteristics also bring on different Halloween concerns, so it's nice to know where the safest places to trick or treat in San Francisco are.
From high rise apartment buildings, to shop-friendly streets, there are many unexpected places one can trick-or-treat in San Francisco. Keep in mind that since Halloween falls on a weekday, most festivals and parades will take place over the weekend which will make the actual holiday a little less chaotic. You may even have to dedicate the evening entirely to candy gathering, but the question is. Apartment building trick-or-treating is one of the most efficient ways to go if you live in a high rise. But you can't just go into random buildings —especially ones with a doorman — and start ringing doorbells, so you may need to make arrangements with friends in the building before you take off.
Many shopkeepers generously distribute candy to the kids who come in on Halloween in a costume. Plus there are several neighborhoods throughout San Francisco that are receptive to "commuter" trick-or-treaters who are just visiting for the sole purpose of scoring the best candy. Other helpful items to bring on your walk: comfy shoes, a stroller for even a child who thinks they've outgrown one, and maybe a little wine in your Swell bottle.