Silver Lake (Armstrong Avenue)
This is one of the biggest and most well-known block parties in the whole city. Homeowners go through more than 2400 pieces of candy and often run out—so come early if you are coming for candy as much as atmosphere. The street is blocked to traffic so families take to the streets and enjoy the festivities and ghostly scenery, and think big because every single house is done up with intricate settings ranging from haunted houses to creepy crime scenes. There are even stage shows most years, so if you see a crown in front of a house, wriggle your way forward to catch the act.
Burbank (Cross Streets: Mariposa and Valleyheart)
Hooray for Hollywood: this quiet neighborhood is home to some Disney folks who take Halloween seriously. Some of the homes go all out with costumes and decorations worthy of a movie set, and a few even set up haunted houses and shows on their lawns. Best of all, it's safe and fun.
Atwater Village (Glendale Blvd.)
Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village turns into "Boo Boulevard" on Halloween. Parents of toddlers who turn into pumpkins by 8 p.m. will appreciate the early start time of 4:30 p.m. It's easily walkable, has a neighborly feel, and all the shops give to all the adorable trick or treaters.
Glendale (Geneva St between Mountain and Dryden)
In this lovely neighborhood in North Glendale homeowners create a wonderful array of fun and scary Halloween experiences for the kids to explore. Past years have included performances of the Thriller dance complete with sets and costumes, pirate ships with battling pirates to tradition haunted houses. Residents say that more than 1000 little candy gobbling goblins routinely make their way down these streets, so it's a lively and fun atmosphere.
Pasadena (Cross Streets: Monterey Road between Windsor Place & Diamond Avenue or Marengo Avenue & Fair Oaks)
While the happenings in Old Pasadena can't be beat with all the shops handing out candy, costume contests and more, for good old-fashioned trick or treating head to either of these two neighborhoods. Families are out in full force pulling little ones in wagons while older tykes charge safely from house to house filling their bag