This article originally appeared on the WCCO/CBS Minnesota website. It can be viewed in its original setting here.
Here are six great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Rogers, Minnesota leads the list as the best place to raise kids. Five Minneapolis neighborhoods follow because they should provide the most candy with the least walking and greater safety according to Zillow.com. They are Fulton, Lynnhurst, Linden Hills, Tangletown and Cedar-Isles-Dean.
Should inclement weather dampen the fun of running door to door, be aware that many communities and local malls host indoor Halloween events. The Mall of America claims to host the world’s largest trick-or-treat event. Trick-or-treaters gather from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the central rotunda. Several other malls host similar events. Also, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) hosts more than a dozen family-friendly Halloween celebrations in Minneapolis parks. Some are exclusively for preschool-aged children while kids of all ages will enjoy many of the other events.
“The Best Place to Raise Kids in Minnesota” in 2013 as deemed by Business Week magazine, Rogers, Minn. leads the list. The city also has more kids than any other in the metro area with 34.9 percent compared to a state average of 24.2 percent. Expect most of the 715 K-5 elementary school students to be swarming the neighborhood looking for treats.
Children will be gleefully walking the sidewalks along Minnehaha Creek, southwest of Lake Harriet and next to the suburb of Edina this Halloween. Fulton was Zillow.com’s top pick for more candy, least walking and greater safety. A night spent in this neighborhood will ensure a pillow case full of treats.
Homeowners in the south Minneapolis neighborhoods around Minnehaha Creek between Penn Avenue and Lyndale Avenue will be preparing for the kids’ annual quest for candy. Put on some comfortable walking shoes and escort your kids from door to door to do Halloween right this year.
The “small town city” of Linden Hills, located east of Lake Harriet, will be bustling with kids looking for treats. An added bonus to parents is that this neighborhood has some truly cute houses to admire along your trek. Although they will likely be covered in spooky decorations, these houses and their owners will be a welcoming host on Halloween.
Around five hundred children will be running from home to home along the winding streets between Lyndale Avenue and Interstate 35W in search of the best treats. Tangletown, as the name implies, is a bit of a twisted neighborhood. You and your kids will have a great time winding through the streets that make up the candy-providing homes of this Minneapolis haunt.
Parents often accompany their children around the curving streets of Kenwood and Lake of the Isles Parkway. Not wanting to be left out, they have been known to carry their own wine glasses sampling refreshments from friends and neighbors. Trick-or-treating in this neighborhood will be a fun night out for everyone in the family.
This article originally appeared on the realtor.com® website on September 29, 2014. The article was written by Craig Donofrio and can be viewed in its entirety here under its original title, “Autumn Advantage: 4 Tips for Staging Your Home in Fall”.
A crisp chill in the air, the turning of leaves and the scent of pumpkin spice are all hallmarks of fall.
There’s no doubt it’s a beautiful season, and if you’re planning on selling your home by the end of the year, you can capitalize on all the good work nature already provides when staging your home.
You want your home to stand out when you put it on the market, so start at the curb.
To play up the fall feel outside of your home, clean up flower beds and rake any leaves off your lawn—the first thing buyers should notice is the changing colors on your trees, not the muddled dead leaves on the grass.
Add a wreath of seasonal plants on the front door for a finishing touch.
In the backyard, store away any summer items like pool floats, inflatable water slides and tiki torches. Add fall-related decor like a self-contained fire pit and warm-colored cushions on your patio furniture to create an outdoor space perfect for chilly evenings.
You can also add a pumpkin to the front stoop, but don’t carve it up because it will spoil much faster.
Remember to avoid using a pumpkin altogether if the weather is bitterly cold already, as it will rot faster—that will only attract flies.
Autumn’s natural color scheme is warm and earthy, reminiscent of cozy, fireside nights.
To bring some of that warmth inside for your open house, fill vases with red, orange and deep yellow flowers like marigolds, Mexican sunflowers or strawflowers. Place vases in the entryway, in the master bedroom and on top of mantles to add color throughout the house.
To make your home feel cozy and inviting, invest in throw blankets or pillows in the same shades as your floral arrangements. Place the pieces around your living room and bedroom to draw out the fall colors.
Add dried decorations, like dried wheat or dried cornstalks, to fill in empty wall spaces with that fall feeling.
The pleasant scent of fresh-baked cookies or a warm apple pie wafting through the house can trigger memories of comfort and home.
To tie in with the season—and the much-beloved holiday foods—light some candles scented with apple spice, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, cranberries or ginger spice.
Add warmth and a touch of the holidays to your kitchen or dining room by creating a cornucopia centerpiece on your table or countertop. Fill the centerpiece with gourds, miniature pumpkins and maize to help potential buyers picture themselves cooking their first Thanksgiving dinner in their new home.
While adding a bit of color and warmth will help buyers picture holidays ahead, keep your decorations clean and minimal.
Avoid overpowering a room with too many flowers and candles, and always remember keep personal items tucked away.
Even if the piece is holiday or fall themed, buyers like to picture their own decorations in a home.