Best and Worst Cities for Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Prepping for Halloween?  If your answer is yes, you’re among the reported 68 million Americans who are expected to dress up this year. For parents and their children, as well as adult revelers, safety and options for parties are important. Where are the best or worst cities to enjoy the festivities?

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WalletHub, an online financial resource company, used 16 key metrics, including the number of costume stores per capita to the average cost of a party ticket to crime rates, to compile a list of the best or worse places for Halloween.

The site compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across three main dimensions: 1) Safety & Surroundings, 2) Parties & Activities and 3) Halloween Weather. For the sample, the site chose each city according to the size of its population.

Check out the findings below:

Best Cities:
1. New York, N.Y.
2. Jersey City, N.J.
3. Newark, N.J.
4. Gilbert, Ariz.
5. Laredo, Texas
6. Irving, Texas
7. Santa Ana, Calif.
8. Garland, Texas
9. Chandler, Ariz.
10. Plano, Texas

Worst Cities:
1. St. Petersburg, Fla.
2. Memphis, Tenn.
3. Detroit, Mich.
4. Winston-Salem, N.C.
5. Oakland, Calif.
6. Baton Rouge, La.
7. Charlotte, N.C.
8. Indianapolis, Ind.
9. Nashville, Tenn.
10. Houston, Texas

Cities with Most Costume Stores Per Capita:
1. Orlando
2. Atlanta
3. Cincinnati
4. New Orleans
5. Las Vegas

Cities with Highest Crime Rate:
1. Atlanta
2. Detroit
3. Oakland
4. Memphis
5. St. Louis

Cities with Highest Average Party Ticket Prices:
Hialeah, Florida
Henderson, Nevada
North Las Vegas
Las Vegas

Experts also offered advice on safe fun for the holiday, as part of WalletHub’s report. “An adult should be walking with kids at all times. Bring a flashlight and fully charged cell phone, travel in small groups, and stick together,” said Rachelle Theise, clinical assistant professor and child psychologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. “There should be no candy eating until you get home. Kids can relax and have fun when they know there is an adult in charge, monitoring their safety.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.