Special Report

Best Town to Trick-or-Treat in Every State

Cheyenne Buckingham, John Harrington, Samuel Stebbins

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1. Alabama
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Helena
> Pop. age 14 and under: 26.1%
> Avg. temperature on Halloween night: 62°F

In Helena, a suburb of Birmingham, 96.6% of housing units are occupied, which should keep trick-or-treaters busy on Halloween. There are plenty of spooky venues to visit in the region, including the Insanitarium Haunted Attraction, Nightmare3008, and Hellbilly Hollow. Helena has been recognized by national media as a desirable small town to raise children, ranking 13th in Business Week’s Best Places to Raise Your Kids in 2007.

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2. Alaska
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Soldotna
> Pop. age 14 and under: 21.0%
> Avg. temperature on Halloween night: 30°F

Halloween merrymakers in Soldotna, also known as Alaska’s Kenai River City, should be well turned out for the holiday because the town’s poverty rate is just 5.2%, almost half the poverty rate statewide. Activities in Soldotna include haunted house at the town’s mall, a teen Halloween dance, and a night-of-the-living-dead costume party.

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3. Arizona
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Gilbert
> Pop. age 14 and under: 26.9%
> Avg. temperature on Halloween night: 71°F

Gilbert, the largest city on the list in population, was ranked as the most prosperous city in the United States, according to the entrepreneur advocacy organization Economic Innovation Group. The ranking was based on seven criteria, including housing vacancy rate, adults not working, and poverty rate. The town’s 230,000 residents will have will have plenty of nearby haunted venues to choose from, including the Sanctum of Horror, the Gauntlet Haunted House, and the Rosson House in Phoenix.

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4. Arkansas
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Centerton
> Pop. age 14 and under: 30.9%
> Avg. temperature on Halloween night: 57°F

Centerton’s poverty rate of 6.2% is less than one-third of the Arkansas statewide rate. Also, more than 97% of the town’s housing units are occupied. Centerton was named one of the safest cities in Arkansas, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Nightmares Haunted House is a big draw in the Benton County, Arkansas, region.

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5. California
> Best town to trick-or-treat: San Ramon
> Pop. age 14 and under: 25.3%
> Avg. temperature on Halloween night: 62°F

San Ramon is located near a venue you don’t see everyday — Ghost Golf, a miniature golf course with a haunted graveyard. Forest Home Farms in San Ramon hosts trick-or-treat at the Farm the Saturday before Halloween, and the local library holds a Halloween Family Storytime event on Halloween. San Ramon was acknowledged as the 12th safest city in California by home security news source Safewise.