Where to trick-or-treat this year, and haunted houses for sale

Is this the scariest house you could possibly buy? (photo from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com)

Is this the scariest house you could possibly buy? (photo from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com)

by Dan Rafter

No one wants Dum Dums suckers or pennies in their trick-or-treat bag. But where can you find the best Halloween candy, the king-size Twix bars or full-size Hersheys?

ZipRealty has some suggestions.

Yes, the real estate company recently released its list of the 15 best zip codes for trick-or-treating. If you live in the Midwest, you’re mostly out of luck, unless you happen to be in Chicago or Minneapolis.

ZipRealty ranked the Chicago-area zip code of 60022 — otherwise known as the suburb of Glencoe — as the third-best place to trick-or-treat. The company also ranked the Chicago-area zip code of 60558, the suburb of Western Springs, as the 13th best zip code for trick-or-treaters.

The Minneapolis-area zip code of 55424 — a zip code in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina — ranked 12th in ZipRealty’s survey.

The top zip code for trick-or-treating? According to ZipRealty, it’s 77401, the Bellaire section of Houston.

ZipRealty looked at three factors when determining which zip codes made its list: a zip code’s median home sales, the presence of single-family homes and a neighborhood’s walkability. To make the list, a zip code needed a median home sales price that was at least double that of its metro area average, at 90 percent of its home sales from single-family residences and a Walk Score of at least 50.

If you prefer scares to candy, you might be interested in the top 10 haunted homes for sale list compiled by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. The list highlights scary homes that you can actually buy.

The site ranks the Carleton Villa in the Thousand Islands — not the salad dressing, but a string of islands that run about 50 miles along the Saint Lawrence River between New York and Canada — as the scariest house in the world.

William O. Wyckoff had the villa built for him. He was the president of the Remington Arms Company, and made his fortune making guns during the Civil War. The Carleton Villa boasted 36 rooms and a 111-foot observatory tower. The home, though, does not have a happy history. Wyckoff’s wife died from cancer just a month before she was due to move into the mansion, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Wyckoff did eventually move in. But he died of a heart attack during his first night at the home.

Today, the mansion is for sale, with an asking price of $495,000. Unfortunately, no one has lived here for nearly 70 years, and the home itself is guarded by barbed wire and signs warning visitors to “keep out.” The observatory tower has since collapsed, and the home itself is marked by broken windows, missing sections of roof and lots and lots of ruble. Someone has also scrawled “Help Me” on a ceiling in the home, something sure to deter most potential buyers.

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