2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Halloween

What’s your favorite part of Halloween? Is it the kids adorably dressed as scary ghosts and eerie ghouls, collecting candy? Or the adults inappropriately dressed as sexy Ebola nurses and human-sized penises, drinking to excess?


Whatever you love about the holiday, you’re not alone. This year, according to the National Retail Foundation, 157 million Americans will celebrate Halloween, and they’ll spend nearly $7 billion doing it. But not every Halloween celebration is equal. Where you live might have something to do with how awesome or how bumming your Halloween will be.

At least, that’s according to WalletHub, which compiled a list of 2015’s best and worst Halloween cities. The site used 16 metrics, “ranging from the number of costume stores per capita to the average cost of a Halloween party ticket to the best and worst weather forecasts for Halloween,” to determine its final ranking. 

Below is WalletHub's take on which cities rule and which cities drool, technically speaking, where Halloween is concerned this year. The top 30, anyway. (See the entire list of 100 and the methodology used to produce it.

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Jersey City, NJ
  3. Newark, NJ
  4. Gilbert, AZ
  5. Laredo, TX
  6. Irving, TX
  7. Santa Ana, CA
  8. Garland, TX
  9. Chandler, AZ
  10. Plano, TX
  11. Bakersfield, CA
  12. Boston, MA
  13. Irvine, CA
  14. Dallas, TX
  15. St. Paul, MN
  16. Orlando, FL
  17. El Paso, TX
  18. Las Vegas, NV
  19. Arlington, TX
  20. Chula Vista, CA
  21. Anaheim, CA
  22. Fremont, CA
  23. Long Beach, CA
  24. Lincoln, NE
  25. Phoenix, AZ
  26. Mesa, AZ
  27. San Jose, CA
  28. San Bernadino, CA
  29. Fort Worth, CA
  30. Los Angeles, CA
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