Halloween is just around the corner. Are you prepared? Perhaps you are planning to make some last-minute shopping for the occasion.
An expensive affair
In this, you are not alone. Estimates of the total spending on Halloween-related expenses are projected to reach a whopping $8.8 billion this year. Of course, one important point of concern is where is it best to spend your Halloween.
Fortunately, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2019’s Best Places for Halloween report.
Here they ranked 100 US cities in terms of 21 key metrics ranging from candy and chocolate stores per capita to average price per Halloween party ticket to share of potential trick-or-treat stops.
Which cities are the most cost-friendly for this spook-tacular event? Here’s the Top 20, check out if your city made it to the list:
1. New York, NY
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. Boston, MA
4. San Diego, CA
5. Las Vegas, NV
6. Chicago, IL
7. Miami, FL
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. San Francisco, CA
10. San Jose, CA
11. Gilbert, AZ
12. Chula Vista, CA
13. Irvine, CA
14. Irving, TX
15. Laredo, TX
16. Santa Ana, CA
17. El Paso, TX
18. Jersey City, NJ
19. Chandler, AZ
20. Plano, TX
To check the complete rankings, click on the map below:
Halloween Facts & Figures
Here are some of the highlights also in WalletHub’s study:
- As earlier mentioned, the projected overall spending for Halloween 2019 is $8.8 Billion
- $3.2 Billion of this total is expected to be spent on costumes
- $2.6 Billion, on the other hand, is expected to be spent on candies
- 36% of US parents think that 12 or 13 years old is the age old enough to go trick-or-treating alone
- 72% of the parents who admit to stealing candy from their kids
- Haunted attractions are expected to earn more than $300 Million in annual revenue from ticket sales
- 80% of these attractions are run by charities. Seems like trick or treating helps us more than just by giving us the spooks
A loveable occasion
There are a lot of reasons why people are in love with Halloween and are more than willing to spend money on it.
For kids (and apparently, parents) it is a season for a lot of candy. For everyone, this is a time to wear costumes, get spooked by haunted houses, or enjoy Halloween parties. It is an occasion that almost everyone can enjoy in their own ways.
How your Halloween turns out really depends on your plans and your budget. A huge factor is also where you are going to celebrate it.
Make sure that you celebrate where you can get the most of what you want — be it the place with the most number of treats given, the best selection of movies, the scariest horror houses, or the best parties.