Updated: 2020 brings a different year for trick-or-treating. Some neighborhoods are canceling trick-or-treating altogether (we understand this to be true for Nichol Lane in Belle Meade) while others are letting each neighbor decide: lights on means: come on up; light off means: stay away.
Below is an insider list for great trick-or-treating that we’ve had for several years, but for 2020, if you are looking to trick-or-treat, we recommend checking neighborhood nextdoor and Facebook pages to see who is actually holding trick-or-treating!
Halloween decor is either love it or hate it, but here at StyleBlueprint, we love it! Truth be told, we completely gorged on candy corn all week as we laughed over costume ideas. But it’s the homes that really got us excited. Some area homes are so incredible — they have gone all out to provide festive fun for all. Here are some of our favorites that we’ve spotted. We’ve broken them down by neighborhood, so you can make your run, walk or drive-bys. It’s worth the effort! Plus, we’ve provided some insider tips to the best trick-or-treating for each featured neighborhood.
A rule of thumb for finding the best decor is that if you find a neighborhood with sidewalks, you’ll find great Halloween decor. After all, sidewalks bring walkers which convert to trick-or-treaters on Saturday night.
Belmont Boulevard has ample sidewalks, as well as plenty of street parking. This neighborhood has homes that are so decked out; in fact some decorated homes didn’t make this list simply because of the grandeur of their neighbors’ displays!
Insider tip: Oakland Avenue and Belmont Boulevard are great for trick-or-treating.
Neighborhood: Hillsboro/West End
Nestled between Vanderbilt and Belmont, this neighborhood is great for trick-or-treating, as it’s on a grid. It was originally built as a streetcar neighborhood back in the day. And since sidewalks line most of the streets between Blakemore and Woodlawn, there is lots of territory to cover.
Insider tip: The best streets to hit are Barton and Essex. Essex will often (I hope this year they are doing it!) close the street to all traffic to make it safe!
Neighborhood: Richland/Central and Whitland
This neighborhood is ground zero for Halloween, with the busiest street being Richland and the busiest block is the 3700 block. Traffic cops are hired, hundreds of pumpkins are carved and put out on display and neighbors go through gallons and gallons of candy. And several homes that go all out (and we mean ALL OUT) don’t even decorate until the 31st each year. But here are few to enjoy as the big day approaches.
Insider tip: Get here early to find a parking spot. Whitland, Richland and Central are the busiest streets.
Neighborhood: Westhaven in Franklin
This planned neighborhood is filled with townhouses and single-family homes, and is just the perfect setup to guarantee Halloween fun. Sidewalks and tons of kids add to the spooky, yet gleeful, experience. When we cruised the neighborhood, the homes most decorated were the single-family homes, but the townhouses had lots of “happy harvest” types of fall decor.
Neighborhood: Belle Meade & Green Hills
These tony zip codes have some Halloween fun, but the lack of sidewalks typically keep the masses away. That said, find a street with the houses close together and likely the crowds will be there.
Insider tip: Belle Meade’s historically best trick-or-treating street is Nichol Lane and it’s nuts. Traffic cops are hired and the lines are long to get a piece of candy. Parking is difficult, so be forewarned. Other popular streets in Green Hills are Hampton Avenue for a wide and long street and Clairmont for a smaller street with lots of bang for your walking buck!
Neighborhood: East Nashville
In typical East Nashville fashion, the homes that go all out are completely creative and fun. We found the best examples of Halloween houses on Eastland and in the 5 Points area.
Insider tip: Fatherland, Gartland, Eastland and Woodland are the best streets for the kiddos to fill their bags with candy!
Go out and have fun! If you are looking for actual Halloween parties for the 21-and-up crowd, check out our Happenings and Events listing for the best in town: styleblueprint.com/nashville/happenings OR download our free SB App to have them at your fingertips: itunes.apple.com
Have a great weekend!