10 Best U.S. Cities for Celebrating Halloween 2016

Ah, Halloween! The time of year the boundaries of the word “sexy” are stretched beyond recognition to encompass costumes like Sexy Ken Bone, Sexy Poop Emoji and Sexy Sriracha. Budgets, possibly to a less absurd degree, get stretched, too. In addition to getting the perfect Halloween look, there’s the cost of cards, invites and spooky decorations. You’ll also have to lay out money for candy—the kinds favored by kids (i.e., chocolate bars, red licorice, gum drops) or adults (i.e., booze). 

WalletHub cites a National Retail Hub survey that found 70 percent of Americans will take part in Halloween celebrations, spending roughly $83 a person. That adds up to an estimated $8.4 billion total, up $1.5 billion from a year ago. That uptick in cost might translate to an increase in fun, depending on the city you call home. WalletHub weighed factors like the Halloween weather outlook, trick-or-treater friendliness and the number of Halloween activities available to figure out the list of 2016’s Best Cities for Halloween.

Here's how the the top 10 cities out of the full list ranked.

1. Santa Ana, CA
2. New York, NY
3. Jersey City, NJ
4. Newark, NJ
5. Laredo, TX
6. Gilbert, AZ
7. Chula Vista, CA
8. Plano, TX
9. Chicago, IL
10. Las Vegas, NV

A few more Halloween stats of interest:

  • $3.14 billion: The amount spent on costumes.
  • 4%: The share of Americans age 35 and up who will dress as one of the major-party presidential candidates. (And yes, both Sexy Hillary Clinton and Sexy Donald Trump costumes exist. I couldn’t find a Sexy Jill Stein or Gary Johnson outfit, but Playboy apparently and ridiculously tried to make Sexy Bernie Sanders happen last year.)
  • $547.9 million: Halloween candy sales.
  • $300+ million: Annual revenue from ticket sales to haunted attractions (80 percent of which are charity-operated).
  • 72%: Share of parents who say they steal Halloween candy from their kids.

For more, check the infographic below, courtesy of WalletHub. 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"617740","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"9140","style":"width: 600px; height: 7834px;","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"700"}}]]


Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.