Start Time: 5:00 p.m.
Why We Love It: If anyone does Halloween right in Springfield, it’s the Rountree neighborhood. There’s a full-blown parade, for crying out loud. And this neighborhood haunt is no hidden gem. Each year, hundreds of costume-clad kids and parents creep along Pickwick to haunt those who dare leave their porch lights on. If you’re new to the fun, get here early so you don’t miss the parade, which starts at 5 p.m. this year.
Start Time: Dusk
Why We Love It: This little corner of Springfield knows how to have a good time. The Emerald Park HOA already throws adult pool parties, organizes pickleball tournaments and basketball games and hosts movie nights, so of course it knows what’s up on Halloween. There might not be a parade, but there is a lot of candy to go around. And kids in the know head this way each Halloween to snag the best sweets they can find.