Here’s your interactive trick-or-treating guide

Laura Johnston / October 30, 2018

The shops at Metrotown are open during regular hours on Halloween, and trick-or-treating is available at participating stores (ones with this sign) all day. (Sahil Morar / BCIT News)

Halloween comes but once a year, but where can you take your kids trick-or-treating for maximum gain?

Which neighbourhoods should expect the highest number of ghoulish visitors?

Where are the best areas to trick-or-treat door-to-door?

We’ve got the answers, and they’re interactive.

Check out our StoryMap below, highlighting a sampling of prime trick-or-treat locations across the lower mainland.

Many malls and community centres are hosting events to allow kids to collect candy while being warm and dry. Some mall staff members are excited to have an opportunity to do something in the spirit of the holiday during their shift.

“For those of us that are stuck inside on Halloween, it gives us the opportunity to give back to the kids and share something with them.” – Pandeni Muchali, Champs Metrotown

Most locations are offering trick-or-treating after school hours, until supplies last. Some community organizations are offering a pre-determined route through streets where shops are offering candy.

Locations include Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, Coquitlam Centre, Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Metropolis at Metrotown, Lougheed Town Centre, Royal City Centre, Capilano Mall, Park Royal, Steveston Village, Tsawassen Town Centre and more!

For those wondering where the best places to go door-to-door in your neighbourhood are, click around Census Mapper’s Trick-or-Treat Density Estimator.

Software developer Jens von Bergmann is responsible for creating the map, which uses census data from 2016 to calculate the number of children between the ages of three and 14 living in the area per km².

Another version of the map is available too, the Onslaught Estimator, which shows how many kids to expect at your door. This interactive map calculates the amount of kids living in each area per doorbell.

With files from Sahil Morar and Ashley Moliere.