The Ten Best Places to Go Trick-or-Treating in South Florida

This time next week, kids will be preparing to march through neighborhoods in search of the best candy and goodies money can buy. For the older kids, the routine is simple: Hit as many houses as possible in no particular order. It's just a mad dash to score enough candy to hold them over until New Year's. For younger kids, it's all about luck of the draw. Their parents are driving this candy train, and all they can do is hope the people who live nearby didn't phone it in this year with some Tootsie Rolls and generic brand lollipops. 

There is usually little rhyme or reason to most trick-or-treating routes. You're only aware of what goes on in your own neighborhood. The truth is, some kids have it better than others. Some cities are just logistically more conducive to knocking on doors for candy.

New Times decided to rank what we believe are the best cities for filling pillow cases with candy. Now remember, this is unscientific research, so if Donald Trump cites it as fact, don't listen to him. 

10. Parkland

Yeah, you might score full-size candy bars and candied apples in Parkland, but you're going to have to walk a marathon to do it. Parkland homes have some of the most expansive property of any city in Broward, and the city itself isn't all that big. The combination of the two doesn't make for ideal trick-or-treating conditions. You're best off traveling from Parkland to another city on this list.

9. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Almost impossible. If you're a kid living in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, your best move is to hop on your skateboard (wait, do kids skateboard anymore?) and do your candy hunting in a city more conducive to foot traffic. The entire Lauderdale-by-the-Sea area is just too condo-heavy and beach-centric to result in much trick-or-treating success. Fewer than 7,000 people even live in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, so it just doesn't make any sense to stick around for your trick-or-treating. 
8. Margate

Margate is sort of a tweener on this list; not quite Weston, but not exactly Lauderhill. It's just sort of there. Margate kids have it pretty good in that there are large stretches of homes kids can hit fairly easily without much walking. You might not score that large pack of Sour Patch kids in Margate, but you'll definitely make up for it in sheer volume of candy obtained. There is a formula at work here somewhere. 

7. Pembroke Pines

A terrific option as far as number of homes is concerned, Pembroke Pines is a damn fine place to trick-or-treat. Pembroke Pines is the 11th most populated city in Florida, though, so negative points for all the competition you'll encounter on your candy hunt. Many areas of Pembroke Pines are sure to have owners shelling out the good stuff, which is a major bonus if you're a kid looking for quality over quantity. 

6. Hollywood

A large city with everything you could ask for as far as Halloween trick-or-treating routes are concerned, Hollywood is a solid option on this list. What makes it fall in the middle of the pack, however, is the fact that it's sort of all over the place. While other cities like Coral Springs have many more neighborhoods filled with homes on each side of the street lined up in a nice area, Hollywood is a grab bag full of good and bad trick-or-treating routes. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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