Special Report

The Best Place to Trick-or-Treat in Every State

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11. Hawaii
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Hickam Housing
> Pop. age 14 and under: 38.2%

At 38.2%, Hickam Housing in Hawaii has one of the highest shares of children 14 years old and younger of any town on the list, and many of these kids are from military families. The haunted village of Waipahu, open Fridays and Saturdays in October, is a Halloween fright venue for trick-or-treaters.

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12. Idaho
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Shelley
> Pop. age 14 and under: 35.3%

The Theatre of Lost Souls is the main attraction for trick-or-treaters in Shelley, a town of just over 4,000 n southeastern Idaho. Originally called the Virginia Theatre, it was opened 100 years ago by a motion picture enthusiast. In the theater, attendees claim to have seen dark shadows, a little girl clad in white, an old lady sitting in a chair, and mysterious light orbs.

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13. Illinois
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Gilberts
> Pop. age 14 and under: 31.5%

Gilberts also has an extremely low crime rate of 25.7 incidences per 100,000 residents, far lower than the state rate of 436.3. In Gilberts, you can experience the terror trail, which is open on Friday and Saturday nights starting around Oct. 14. Gilberts has two haunted houses within close proximity, Warehouse X Haunted Attraction and Evil Intentions.

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14. Indiana
> Best town to trick-or-treat: New Whiteland
> Pop. age 14 and under: 27.4%

No violent crimes were reported in New Whiteland, located about 19 miles south of Indianapolis. More than 99% of the housing units in New Whiteland, a town of more than 5,800 residents, are occupied. There are many Halloween-themed options to choose from in the Indianapolis area, including the Hannah House, where the ghosts of hidden slaves who perished there in a fire supposedly haunt the place.

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15. Iowa
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Bondurant
> Pop. age 14 and under: 34.6%

Almost 35% of Boundrant’s over 5,000 residents are under age 14. Also in the town, — about 15 miles northeast of Des Moines — nearly 97% of the housing units are occupied, so kids can be fairly sure someone will open the door when they say “trick or treat.” At Geisler Farms, families can enjoy pumpkin patches, wagon rides and corn mazes. Des Moines offers a trove of haunted houses and scream parks.

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