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Neighbors Across the Country Use Nextdoor to Plan for Halloween Tonight

We released the Nextdoor Treat Map a few weeks ago and the response from neighbors across the country has been incredible!

From neighborhoods in San Francisco to San Diego to Tampa  to Minneapolis, neighbors across the U.S. are using the Nextdoor Treat Map today to have a fun, safe, and efficient Halloween.

Every day we’re honored to be helping neighbors connect in new ways, especially for holidays like Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

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Find the Hot Spots for Trick-or-Treating in Your City with Nextdoor’s Heat Maps

Neighbors across the country are already using Nextdoor’s Treat Map to find the best streets for trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods, but have you ever wondered what the best trick-or-treating spots are in your city?

We’re excited to announce that we’ve taken the Treat Map one step further and created heat maps for trick-or-treating in select cities across the United States.

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The trick-or-treating heat maps are generated based on the aggregate responses from Nextdoor members across 44,000 neighborhoods. To preserve the privacy of the our members, the heat maps do not zoom all the way down to street level. Using a gradient of green to candy-corn orange, the trick-or-treating heat maps quickly show the hot spots for candy in cities across the United States.

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A snapshot of the best areas for trick-or-treating in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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A closer look at San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Now, if you’re particularly adventurous, you can use the Treat Map to make a beeline to the candy in your neighborhood and the heat map to find the other neighborhoods to head to before Halloween night is over.

This is just another way that we’re helping neighbors celebrate old traditions with new technology. We hope you enjoy the candy!

You can find more information on the Nextdoor Treat Map here. Are you a reporter interested in writing about how Nextdoor is helping neighbors across the country celebrate Halloween? Contact us here.  

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is a holiday that’s beloved by many in neighborhoods across the country, but it can also be a dangerous night. From kids running between streets and neighborhoods in the dark, people driving home from parties, and hundreds of people giving out candy to children, the holiday can sometimes hold more tricks than treats.

Here are a few tips from the Center for Disease Control on how to have a safe Halloween:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult and only visit well-lit houses.

And of course, you can use the Nextdoor Treat Map to see who is giving out candy in your neighborhood, plan your route ahead of time, and even print out a map to make sure you stay on track.

From all of us at Nextdoor, have a very happy and safe Halloween!

Halloween Just Got Sweeter: Nextdoor’s Treat Map is Back!

By popular demand from candy lovers and parents alike, Nextdoor’s Treat Map is back for another year of tricks and treats!

Halloween is the perfect time to head out into the neighborhood and celebrate with neighbors, whether it’s with an incredible haunted house or king-sized candy bars.

To honor one of the most neighborly holidays of the year, Nextdoor is launching the Halloween Treat Map for the second year in a row to give Nextdoor members an insider’s guide to the best streets for treats in your neighborhood.

Nextdoor’s Halloween Treat Map lets you mark your home with a candy corn icon to let your neighbors know you will be giving out candy. We’re taking the guesswork out of Halloween to ensure you find the best, most convenient route possible for your trick-or-treaters, whether you’re on your computer or headed out into the neighborhood with Nextdoor for iPhone and Android.

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And new this year: haunted houses! If you’re turning your home into a haunted house, you can mark it on the map so neighbors can plot the scariest route around the neighborhood.

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Follow these simple steps to use the Treat Map:

  1. Nextdoor members can sign in to their account. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up and verify your address to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun: nextdoor.com/treat.
  2. Once signed in, visit your neighborhood map. You will be given the choice to add a candy corn or haunted house on top of your home. If you live in or plan to visit a multi-tenant building, just click on the parcel to see the details of who will be participating in that building.
  3. Encourage your neighbors and friends to place the appropriate icon on the map so you’ll know exactly who is handing out candy or hosting a haunted house.

From all of us at Nextdoor, we hope you have a very happy and safe Halloween. Enjoy the treats!

Trick-or-Treat!: Nextdoor Neighborhood Halloween Contest

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From trick-or-treating to haunted houses, Halloween is a day that focuses on neighbors, costumes, and sweets. Whether it’s your first Halloween with the kids or you’ve been giving out candy for years, we would love to see how you are celebrating the year’s spookiest holiday.

To enter Nextdoor’s Neighborhood Halloween Contest, follow these steps:

  1. Take a snapshot of your Halloween celebration that somehow includes Nextdoor. The more creative, the better!
  2. Fill out this submission form.
  3. That’s it!

Not sure how to incorporate Nextdoor into your Halloween celebrations? Here are a few ideas:

The grand prize? A holiday party for your neighborhood, catered by Nextdoor.

The submission period begins at 3:30 pm PT on Friday, October 25, and ends at 11:59 pm PT on Sunday, November 3. We will select the top 25 finalists and post them on the Nextdoor Facebook Page for voting. Voting will be open from 12:00 pm PT on Monday, November 4 until 5:00 pm PT on Friday, November 8. The photo with the most Facebook “Likes” will be the winner.

Nextdoor Neighborhood Halloween Contest Entry Form

We’re looking forward to seeing your pictures – until then, Happy Halloween!

Anne Dreshfield
Communications Coordinator

PS: Need a trick-or-treating route for Halloween? Plot yourself on the Treat Map and see every house in the neighborhood that’s passing out candy.

Halloween Just Got Easier: Nextdoor Debuts Halloween Treat Map

Halloween is the quintessential neighborhood holiday – it is the perfect time to connect with your neighbors while trick-or-treating and rediscover what you love about where you live. To celebrate the most neighborly holiday of the year, Nextdoor just launched a Halloween Treat Map to give you an insider’s guide to the best streets for treats in your neighborhood.

Nextdoor’s Halloween Treat Map lets you mark your home with a candy corn icon to let your neighborhood know you will be giving out candy. We are taking the guesswork and aimless wandering out of Halloween to ensure you find the best, most convenient route possible for your trick-or-treaters, whether you’re on your computer or headed out into the neighborhood with Nextdoor for iPhone.

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Follow these simple steps to use the Treat Map:

  1. Sign in to your account. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up and verify your address to ensure you don’t miss out: www.nextdoor.com/treat.
  2. Once signed in, visit your neighborhood map. Above your address parcel you will be given the choice to plot a candy corn icon on top of your home. If you live in or plan to visit a multi-tenant building, just click on the parcel to see the details of who will be participating in that building.
  3. Encourage your neighbors to place a candy corn on the map so you’ll know who exactly is participating.

This is just one of many ways we are leveraging the power of technology to bring you closer to the people who live right next door. We hope you have a very happy and safe Halloween!

Anne Dreshfield
Communications Coordinator

Happy Halloween from Nextdoor!

Today, neighborhoods around the country are getting ready to celebrate Halloween. Whether they are planning a block party, a pumpkin carving contest or getting their  candy ready for trick-or-treaters, come the end of the night, there’s a good chance they will have interacted with their neighbors in some way.

Since Halloween is such a neighborhood-centric holiday, we decided to conduct a survey that looks at the “State of the American Neighborhood this Halloween.”

What we discovered is that Halloween is still a fun, thriving neighborhood holiday across the U.S.

Some fun findings from the survey include:

  • The average American will spend $85 dollars on candy, costumes and decorations
  • 60% of parents will take their children trick-or-treating and pass out candy
  • One in three adults will don a costume
  • One in four people believe you are never too old for trick-or-treating
  • Most people believe that 13 is the magic age when a child becomes too old to trick-or-treat

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Kelsey Grady
Senior Communications Manager