With total Halloween spending expected to reach $8.4 billion this year — $1.5 billion more than in 2015 — the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2016’s Best Cities for Halloween report along with fun and interesting facts about the holiday in its Halloween By The Numbers infographic.
To help Americans prepare for the spookiest time of the year, WalletHub crunched the numbers to find the best and cheapest cities to celebrate the holiday. WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from “number of candy and chocolate stores per capita” to “average cost of a Halloween party ticket” to “Halloween weather forecast.”
|Top 20 Cities for Halloween|
|1||Santa Ana, CA||11||Irving, TX|
|2||New York, NY||12||St. Paul, MN|
|3||Jersey City, NJ||13||Anaheim, CA|
|4||Newark, NJ||14||El Paso, TX|
|5||Laredo, TX||15||Tampa, FL|
|6||Gilbert, AZ||16||Philadelphia, PA|
|7||Chula Vista, CA||17||Garland, TX|
|8||Plano, TX||18||Honolulu, HI|
|9||Chicago, IL||19||Fort Wayne, IN|
|10||Las Vegas, NV||20||Pittsburgh, PA|
Halloween Fun Facts
- $8.38 Billion – Projected Halloween-related spending in 2016 ($3.14 billion on costumes).
- $547.9 Million – Halloween candy sales (fourth biggest candy-selling holiday).
- $300+ Million – Annual revenue from ticket sales to haunted attractions (80 percent of which are charity-operated).
- 72 Percent – Share of parents who say they steal Halloween candy from their kids.