One of our fondest childhood memories is dressing up on Halloween and collecting a pillowcase full of candy. It’s one of the rites of fall in the United States.
Kids all over the country agonize over what kind of costume to wear. They look forward to Halloween parades, trick-or-treat events, and going to school in costume.
In addition, for many children, Halloween is their first charitable experience as they collect donations from the homes they visit on behalf of UNICEF or other organizations to help undernourished children in the United States and other countries.
Because Halloween is an early-evening event, with nightfall coming earlier, many parents or guardians accompany the kids — especially the younger ones — as they go door-to-door to ensure they remain safe.
24/7 Wall St. ranked thousands of towns across the U.S. based on measures related to the trick-or-treating experience. We reviewed the share of children 14 years old and younger, housing occupancy and poverty rates, and the prevalence of crime. We also considered the number of nearby Halloween-themed businesses — such as costume stores and haunted houses.
Read on to find out out if your town is among the best for trick-or-treaters.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, New Mexico’s Holloman Airforce Base was incorrectly characterized as part of a town by the same name. In fact, there is no Holloman town in New Mexico. This error has been corrected.