'Tis the season to dress up as your inner hero or villain and get free candy! The most committed of trick-or-treaters are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating. When it comes time to knock on doors, there are several fail-safe methods for filling your bag with sweets. Of course, part of it has to do with wearing the perfect costume, but choosing a route that is safe, walkable and full of friendly, candy-bearing houses is just as important.
We rounded up the neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are the most ideal for trick-or-treaters. If you are new to the area or want to try some new locations to maximize your trick-or-treating loot, these are the spots where you want to ring doorbells!
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This upscale neighborhood located just east of town is known for its popular shopping district, safe streets and beautiful homes. The spacious front yards are always filled with crowd-pleasing decorations, and residents of the homes will generously dole out candy to those who approach their door. Regardless of what route you take, you will surely be met with friendly faces and other fun-loving families taking part in the candy hunt. For some extra fun before Halloween, make sure to stop by Hyde Park Square on October 29 for Halloween on the Square!
This Halloween, make your way to Mt. Lookout, located on the east side of Cincinnati next to Hyde Park, for a warm, welcoming atmosphere, extravagant Halloween decorations, and (most importantly) plenty of candy. Known as an accessible, family-friendly neighborhood, the streets of Mt. Lookout are filled with children of all ages on Halloween night. Make a day of it and check out the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in costume before trick-or-treating starts!
Known as a safe, family-friendly community with plenty of small-town charm, Deer Park is a prime location for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. The streets in this area are well-lit, very walkable and incredibly festive. Because the area is such a well-kept secret on Halloween night, a huge candy haul is inevitable—so don't forget to bring an extra bag!
The well-lit, decorated streets in Oakley make it an ideal location for trick-or-treaters. On Halloween night, expect the neighborhood to be teeming with foot traffic! The residents welcome locals and visitors alike with open arms, doling out generous amounts of candy and other goodies. And if you happen to be a little too old for trick-or-treating these days—no problem! Several businesses around the area are planning on hosting Halloween parties this year, including the 20th Century Theater who will be hosting their annual Oakley Masquerade on November 1st.
College Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati, welcoming anyone and everyone to their park-like streets on Halloween. The residents go all-out every year, slinging pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, eerie skeletons and spooky lights on every surface they can reach. The area also happens to be home to Mark Wiechman, a Halloween enthusiast who has been putting on a massive haunted house to scare families for more than 50 years. So put on your costume and head to 6791 Marvin Avenue, Cincinnati in North College Hill to start your spooky night off right. The haunted house experience is completely free, but they do accept donations for the Pray, Hope and Believe Foundation.
If you're a resident of the Mt. Washington neighborhood, make sure to get extra treats! This area transforms into a Halloween stomping ground for little monsters and their families on All Hallow's Eve. Also make sure to come back to the area the weekend after Halloween for the neighborhood's annual Pumpkin Chuck, where they'll launch leftover pumpkins from trebuchets and enjoy live music, craft beer, kids games and more!
Located about 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Wyoming is a quiet suburb full of tree-lined streets and historic sights. This year, the community is planning on handing out goodies from 6-8 p.m. on the 31st. If you're lucky, you might even snag a cup of hot apple cider or a bag of freshly popped popcorn.
Just west of Cincinnati lie the Price Hill and West Price Hill neighborhoods, a candy-hunter's haven on Halloween night. An estimated 500+ trick-or-treaters gather in the area on the spooky holiday to beg for candy, popcorn and other tasty treats! Important note: Residents of Price Hill turn OFF their lights if they are giving out candy and turn ON their lights if they are not.
Located in Northeast Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming neighborhood and very popular among families. The residents take their Halloween festivities seriously, hosting several Halloween events—including an annual pub crawl and Ghoul Fest—prior to October 31, and decorating their homes to the nines for trick-or-treating shenanigans.
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Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park in Cincinnati oozes charm and luxury from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city's wealthy citizens. Initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, but the area has gained a lot of diversity since the early 1900s.
Today, Hyde Park is home to delicious restaurants, incredible boutiques, award-winning wineries and stunning parks—the only challenge is deciding what to see first!
Before you truly start your Hyde Park adventure, you'll need to fuel up. The Echo is one of the hottest breakfast spots in Cincinnati and has served the neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).
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It isn't a day in Hyde Park without shopping. Located in the center of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area on Erie Avenue that is full of one-of-a-kind shops. Spend a few hours exploring the streets and stopping into interesting stores. A few of our favorites include Cincy Shirts, Alligator Purse, 45/46, Soho Boutique and Fazel Rug Gallery.
For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur's Café. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your Hyde Park adventure—or pretty much any other time. They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. Everything on their menu is especially good, but we highly recommend the black bean burger with a side of their homemade pink salsa!
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Established in 1960, the Miller Gallery is Cincinnati's oldest operating art gallery, specializing in contemporary art and sculptures. Their renowned exhibits actively promote over 40 artists in the global art market, featuring everything from photography to traditional painting. Take a breather and stop in to peruse some incredible artwork from local artists (and maybe purchase a piece) before heading on to your next destination.
Need a midday pick-me-up? We've got just the place! The Coffee Emporium has gained quite the reputation over the years—and with the gorgeous Victorian touches, outdoor patio and tasty bites, we're not surprised. This stop is a must for out-of-town guests and remains a local favorite. While you can't go wrong with any of the signature sips, we go wild over the cold brew aged in bourbon barrels.
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When you leave the Coffee Emporium, you'll notice something across the street. While you might feel like you've just been dropped into a Cincinnati-fied version of Alice in Wonderland, don't worry—it's just the Mushroom House! This architectural wonder was created after a local architect allowed his students to redesign one of his properties. While you can't go inside this adorably whimsical home, it's still definitely worth walking by and snapping a few pictures.
When you're looking for some seriously good food in Cincinnati, there's no better place to go than Forno! This incredible, rustic and approachable Italian restaurant offers some of the most delicious dishes around, from Gorgonzola Tortelloni to Spaghettini Arrabbiata. If you're in the area on a Tuesday, you won't want to miss their Bolo Tuesday special where $12 will get you some pasta with Bolognese sauce, bread and a few trips to the salad bar.
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In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a person to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. While you're in the area, a visit to this exquisite historic building is a must. And if you happen to be exploring on a Thursday or Friday—you'll definitely want to stop in for their weekly public stargazing sessions, just don't forget to RSVP online before you go!
This intimate local favorite is the perfect place to finish off the night. Not only do they offer the widest selection of refrigerated beer in the region, but you can also order an incredibly delicious charcuterie board made with locally sourced ingredients—all for a great price!
Do you have a suggestion on what we should add to our itinerary? Let us know in the comments!
The neighborhood of Clifton actually encompasses several different areas: Clifton proper, Corryville, the Heights and Clifton Heights (we know, it's a little confusing). But this large area of Cincinnati has gone through a ton of changes lately. What used to be a neighborhood that served as an extension of downtown Cincinnati, has turned into a trendy urban space full of parks, quaint storefronts, shops and, of course, amazing restaurants. Clifton is the place to go for a great meal, whether it's for a date night or just a casual lunch get-together. The food scene in the area also happens to be incredibly diverse, boasting a plethora of Indian, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican establishments. Neighborhood highlights: Ambar, the Brass Tap, Esquire Theater, Edgewood Grove Park and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Photo courtesy of Columbia TusculumFounded in 1788, the stunning Columbia Tusculum has long prided itself on being Cincinnati's first neighborhood. And, while many may think that Over-the-Rhine is the current crown jewel of Cincinnati, we think it might be Columbia Tusculum. Not only is there plenty to do, see and eat in the area — it also happens to be absolutely gorgeous. If you take a stroll down the neighborhood, you'll find streets full of colorfully painted houses reminiscent of San Francisco's "Painted Ladies" and murals depicting them along the sidewalks. For those who aren't as interested in architecture as others, head up (and we mean "up" because it's a pretty big hill) to the picturesque Alms Park, which is what nature enthusiasts' dreams are made of. Neighborhood highlights: Streetside Brewery, Ygasana Mysore Cincinnati, Yust Gallery, Taglio and Allyn's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Dave Emery via Battery ParkBattery Park may be one of the most up-and-coming upscale neighborhoods in Cleveland. It's located right along the waterway, but not directly on the beachfront — meaning you can purchase a waterfront home without the beachfront price! That, plus the recent construction of townhomes and loft properties in the community, means it's never been a better time to buy in Battery Park. The redevelopment of the neighborhood has brought with it an urban feel, without sacrificing the old historic details. While there isn't a ton to do in the neighborhood yet, we're pretty sure that within the next couple of years, Battery Park will be one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. Plus, the area is just minutes from downtown, the Gordon Square Arts District and Edgewater Park, so you don't have to go that far to experience all Cleveland has to offer. Search for Homes for Sale Battery Park
Photo courtesy of Walkabout TremontThe popular Tremont neighborhood is known as one of Cleveland's most historically significant neighborhoods, as it was a hotspot for Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th century. Today, however, the area has become home to a large number of young professionals and artists. The streets are dotted with contemporary townhouses along with historic homes, creating an eclectic mix that is hard to pass up. Tremont is also home to the highest concentration of art galleries in Cleveland, causing creative individuals who don't already live in the area to flock here for monthly art walks when local art galleries and businesses keep their doors open late You can't visit the area without stopping by the famous A Christmas Story House, where the classic Christmas movie was filmed, along with the Convergence Continuum Theater where you can get a fabulous dose of culture. Search for Homes for Sale in Tremont
Photo courtesy of Kramm's Corners Development CorporationWest Park is located just south of Lakewood and became the last suburb annexed into Cleveland proper in 1923. While it still retains a suburban feel today, you won't find any strip malls or chain restaurants around. Instead, the area's Kramm's Corners District boasts some of the best locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and comic book stores around! With its quiet, leafy streets, parks and playgrounds, West Park is a great place to affordably raise a family inside of the city. Plus, its close proximity to the Metroparks, one of the largest urban park districts in the country, make it an outdoor enthusiast's paradise! If you're visiting the area for the first time, don't miss the area's award-winning farmers' market held every year from May to October or the famous Irish pubs that are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood (including our favorite, P.J. McIntyre's). Search for Homes for Sale in West Park
Photo courtesy of The Lockview.You'll never run out of things to do, see or eat in Downtown Akron. This area is perfect for those who love city life with a small town atmosphere. Downtown is a hub for artists, poets, authors and foodies, so you'll feel at home no matter what your passion is. This metropolitan area is also home to some of the best restaurants around. From casual eats to upscale dining, you'll find delicious food and great ambiance when you choose to dine downtown. Grab comfort food at The Lockview or pizza at the famous Luigi's — whatever you choose we promise you're in for a treat. Neighborhood highlights: The Akron Zoo, Akron Art Museum, Canal Park and Lock 3.
Photo courtesy of East 4th Street.Pedestrian-friendly East 4th Street is the epitome of urban development. With strings of overhead light bulbs, an abundance of patio seating and ever-present street life, this up-and-coming downtown neighborhood is hard to ignore. This is all due to a tenacious developer, who was determined to put life into a block of vacant and struggling storefronts in the heart of our beloved city. If you're not ready to buy a home, check out their amazing apartments! Neighborhood highlights: The Corner Alley, CLE Clothing Company, Pickwick and Frolic, Zocalo Tequileria and Erie Island Coffee Company. The Civic Center District is an essential Cleveland stop. This area is home to the city's landmark skyscraper, Terminal Tower, as well as the Cleveland Mall, one of the city's public parks that is a grassy oasis in the middle of downtown. Don't miss the JACK Cleveland Casino, which used to be the Higbee Department Store featured in the famous "A Christmas Story" movie! Neighborhood highlights: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, and the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.
Photo courtesy of Phoenix Coffee.In the mid-19th century, the Warehouse District was home to warehouses for hardware, marine and garment businesses, as well as offices for the shipping industry. Today, the Victorian-era buildings are preserved on the outside but are now filled with fine dining eateries, wine bars, clubs and urban lofts. Neighborhood highlights: Dive Bar, Blue Pointe Grille, Barley House, the Nauti Mermaid and Johnny's Downtown. You can't miss the massive marquees and twinkling lights of Playhouse Square, Cleveland's official theater district. This area's collection of glamorous theaters draw well over a million visitors annually. Aside from New York's Lincoln Center, this is one of the largest theater districts in the United States with staples like the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. Neighborhood highlights: DYNOMITE, Cowell & Hubbard and the plethora of venues.