Autumn is in full swing, and Halloween is just around the corner. For families with children planning to trick or treat, consider the following neighborhoods for maximum fun and candy hauls. Also take a look at these safety tips to ensure everyone has a happy Halloween.
The Best Nashville Neighborhoods to Trick or Treat In
Halloween is almost here and that has many area families in search of the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Never fear, we found several locations that will certainly deliver with plenty of treats for those young and old.
Belle Meade Plantation
One location you don't want to miss this Halloween season is the Belle Meade Plantation. This extraordinary estate is a fantastic place to take a mansion tour any time of the year, but the property becomes especially inviting to families gearing up for Halloween.
The mansion often features a free Halloween event featuring games, trick-or-treating along a mile-long Treat Walk and even a dance party! There's also a costume contest planned for the kids. Everything is free, though donations can be made to support the plantation's education programs.
The surrounding neighborhood is a real treat for the grownups, as well, with some of the city's most exclusive homes residing in this area. Many of the old plantations in the neighborhood also date back to the 1800s, now joined by Tudors and exquisitely designed, more modern estates.
If past celebrations are any indication, East Nashville is sure to deliver on a few treats of its own. The neighborhood is commonly adorned with plenty of creative Halloween displays, many of them family-friendly enough for even the youngest trick-or-treaters.
This hip part of town remains fairly low-key, though, which is one of its draws. Mostly residential, the East Nashville neighborhood is full of character, with some historic properties as well as many mid-century homes dotting the area landscape.
While there's not an official event happening in Belmont, the neighborhood itself is known for its plentiful sidewalks and street parking, making it a great choice for families this Halloween. In past years, neighbors have really pulled out all the stops for trick-or-treaters, especially homeowners residing along Belmont Boulevard and Oakland Avenue.
The location of Belmont University, the neighborhood is also home to a number of shops and restaurants, giving families a spot to fuel up before the big night. The quaint area is also full of a mix of home designs, from larger residences to more cozy bungalows.
Not to be outdone, the Hillsboro/West End puts families close to Vanderbilt University, where the Greek houses are all gearing up for a night of safe trick-or-treating this Halloween. From 5pm-7pm students are welcoming kids to trick-or-treat down Kensington Place, 24th Avenue South and along Greek Row.
If you plan on heading there, be sure to park in the 25th Avenue Staff Garage, for streets along the route will only be open to pedestrians. The fun also includes a fire truck, bounce house and some student athletes plan to be on hand for the event, as well.
You'll also find a lot of wide sidewalks in the Hillsboro/West end part of Nashville, along with some unique restaurants nearby. This gives families more options to help combat the sugar high sure to hit this Halloween night!
Halloween Safety and Trick-or-Treating Guidelines
As Halloween approaches, parents are urged to begin planning their children's trick-or treat activities and schedule now, to include walking with them door to door. As is the case every Halloween, Patrol and Flex officers will be paying very close attention to Nashville'0s various neighborhoods on Halloween and will take very seriously any attempts to panic citizens by giving children harmful candy or by committing any type of disruptive behavior.
Citizens are urged to keep these safety recommendations in mind:
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights.
- Persons should give, and children should accept, only wrapped or packaged candy.
- Children should bring their treats home for adult inspection before the candy is eaten.
- Children should wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping. Reflective tape should be added.
- Make sure children can see well enough through their face masks. Consider make-up or face paint as an alternative.
- Keep costumed children away from pets, particularly dogs. The pet may not recognize the child, become frightened and react in a vicious manner.
- Choose costumes that are flame retardant, and use props, such as magic wands and swords made out of foam rubber or cardboard, rather than metal or wood.
Convicted sex offenders on probation or parole are specifically restricted from any Halloween festivities and are not allowed to pass out candy or treats. Additionally, convicted registered sex offenders who are not on probation or parole, but whose victims were minors, are prohibited from pretending to be, dress as, impersonate or otherwise assume the identity of a real or fictional person or character while in the presence of a minor or with the intent of enticing a minor.
Halloween has been historically safe for Nashville, and officers will be working to ensure the same is true Saturday. The MNPD will take a zero tolerance approach to criminal behavior as well as pranks that cross the line.
Courtesy of the Metro Nashville Police Department