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

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21. Massachusetts
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Hanscom
> Pop. age 14 and under: 41.0%

Hanscom, home of an Air Force base, is a town of 1,943, one of the smallest municipalities on the list. About 41% of its residents are under the age of 14, one of three towns on our list with a percentage above 40%. Hanscom is about 20 miles northwest of Boston near Route 95. Halloween revelers can take haunted hayrides in nearby Framingham or go on the trick-or-treat trail at the Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo on Oct. 27 and 28.

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22. Michigan
> Best town to trick-or-treat: East Grand Rapids
> Pop. age 14 and under: 26.6%

East Grand Rapids has an assortment of Halloween-esque attractions, most notably haunted houses and an amusement park called The Haunt. This 20,000-square-foot indoor facility has been inducing fear — and thrill — in western Michigan residents since 2001. More than one-quarter of its population are kids 14 years and younger.

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23. Minnesota
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Elko New Market
> Pop. age 14 and under: 31.3%

The Minnesota town reported no crimes per 100,000, based on the latest available crime data, so trick-or-treaters should feel safe. More than 31% of the town of 4,472 residents are under the age of 14. Also, 97.5% of housing units in Elko New Market, located on Route 35 in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area, are occupied. That is one of the higher percentages on the list. The town is scheduled to hold its annual Halloween party for children in up to the fifth grade on Oct. 27.

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24. Mississippi
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Madison
> Pop. age 14 and under: 23.0%

The town of Madison, with a population of 25,473, is 15 miles north of the state capital Jackson, where trick-or-treaters can take part in pumpkin-carving activities. Madison’s poverty rate of 3.1% is more than 19 percentage points lower than the state’s rate, the biggest difference on our list.

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25. Missouri
> Best town to trick-or-treat: Glendale
> Pop. age 14 and under: 25.7%

Glendale is home to fewer than 6,000 people, with more than one-quarter of the population 14 years old and younger. Glendale is only a 20-minute drive from St. Louis. The town’s poverty rate is just 1.3%, 14 percentage points below the state average. Glendale has myriad costume stores nearby, 11 to be exact, including Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon, a costume rental warehouse.

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