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Little goblins and ghouls get better Halloween candy hauls in Sacramento than most other cities in the U.S., according to Zillow’s annual trick-or-treat index.
Sacramento placed seventh in the country behind four other California cities in Zillow’s annual trick-or-treat index, released earlier this month. San Francisco and San Jose finished first and second on the list, while Long Beach and Los Angeles were fourth and fifth. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Milwaukee and Seattle all made the Top 10 as well.
Zillow equally weighed each city’s median home value, single-family housing density and percentage of the population age 10 years and younger to determine the rankings. Sacramento’s median home value has risen 10.9 percent over the past year and has doubled since 2012, according to the company’s home value index.
The study found Sacramento’s top neighborhoods for trick-or-treating are:
▪ Brentwood (just east of 24th Street between Fruitridge Road and 47th Avenue)
▪ Upper Land Park
▪ South Oak Park
▪ Village 12 (North Natomas)
▪ South Hagginwood
Sacramento did not rank among the top 20 cities in last year’s trick-or-treat index after finishing 10th in 2015. Past studies also compared cities’ crime rates. Only cities with 500,000 or more residents were considered.
▪ Consider attending a community or church event.
▪ If Trick-or-Treating, map out your route ahead of time and only visit well-lit houses.
▪ Ensure your child’s costume is non-flammable and marked with reflective tape.
▪ Try not to use masks as it can obstruct your child’s view.
▪ Send children with flashlights and easy to carry Halloween candy bags.
▪ Accompany younger children – trick or treat in groups, never alone.
▪ Take a cellular phone or two-way radio device with you.
▪ Avoid taking shortcuts through an alleyway, stay on the sidewalk.
▪ Check candy before children consume it – if the wrapper is open, throw it out.
▪ Carry a flashlight.
▪ Never enter the house of a stranger.
▪ Stay on the sidewalks and use well-lit streets. Do not walk in the street.
▪ Look both ways before crossing the street.
▪ Stay with your group or a buddy.
▪ Carry only fake or flexible knives, or swords or other props.
▪ Teens younger than 18 without a parent present have a 10 p.m. curfew.
▪ Examine candy before its eaten.
▪ Use extra caution when entering or exiting a driveway.
▪ Watch for children darting out from behind parked vehicles.
▪ Watch for children walking in the roadway.
▪ Drive slowly on residential streets.
▪ Don’t drive distracted – and never drink and drive.
▪ Remove any obstacles from your front walkway for trick-or-treaters.
▪ If you plan to hand out candy, turn your porch light on.
▪ Keep pets away from children.
▪ Use battery-operated lights instead of candles on your front porch.
▪ Call 911 if you observe any suspicious activity.
Source: Sacramento Police Department