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Top 20 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For all you serious candy seekers hitting the streets this Halloween, look no further.

On Monday, real estate website announced the results of their fourth annual Trick-or-Treat Index, ranking the top 20 best cities for little ghosts and goblins around the nation to collect the most terrifyingly tasty treats.

Zillow's Trick-or-Treat Index "represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risk," the firm said in a statement. And in addition to the obvious fun factor and high candy collection rate, the website credits four "more holistic" variables that were taken into consideration when calculating the index: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials.

San Francisco has come out on top two years in a row. But Albuquerque, N.M., must have started handing out raisins rather than Reese's, since it's no longer on the list.

Zillow gets even more specific for the hardcore sweet seekers, breaking down the top cities into the best-ranking neighborhoods for safe, yet frightening fun. If you're in San Francisco, you might want to take your spooky self over to the Presido Heights neighborhood, and if you're in Boston, try out Beacon Hill.

With about two weeks left until Halloween, hold on to your pointy witch hats, because here is the full list of the nation's top 20 best cities for trick-or-treating:

1. San Francisco
2. Boston
3. Honolulu
4. Seattle
5. San Jose, Calif.
6. Chicago
7. Los Angeles
8. Portland
9. Philadelphia
10. Washington, D.C.
11. Minneapolis
12. Pittsburgh
13. Denver
14. Miami
15. San Diego
16. Milwaukee
17. Buffalo
18. Cincinnati
19. Virginia Beach, Va.
20. Baltimore

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New Law Prohibits Sex Offenders From Answering Door on Halloween

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- With children getting ready to go door to door trick-or-treating Monday for Halloween, communities near Los Angeles are taking action to protect their children from sex offenders and other criminals.

Riverside County passed an ordinance Oct. 16 prohibiting sex offenders from opening the door to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, turning their exterior lights on after dark and putting up Halloween decorations on Oct. 31.

Orange and San Jacinto cities have similar rules.

The ordinance states that “the events of Halloween could put children unknowingly in close proximity to sexual offenders who have committed violations against children.”

“Usually we have the predator going after the prey, but Halloween causes incidental contact between the prey coming to the predator, and so I want to minimize that contact,” Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

“These ordinances have been on the books in the cities of Orange and San Jacinto, and to my knowledge there have been no challenges, but we’re always up for the challenge if somebody wants to challenge it, I’ll always err on the side of children’s safety,” Stone said.

If sex offenders are caught in violation of the new ordinance, it will be considered a misdemeanor.

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