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Written by The Business Journal Staff
It’s no trick — Fresno ranks in the best cities for Halloween
Fresno got an extra “treat” this year from wallethub.com, which ranked the city 12th in the nation for “Best Places for Halloween.”
The study compared the 100 biggest cities along 18 different metrics in three different categories. The rankings, which measure categories such as trick-or-treater friendliness, Halloween fun and weather, gave Fresno its highest showing in the “friendliness” category.
“Friendliness” includes share of potential trick or treaters (percentage of population 14 and younger), share of potential trick-or-treat stops (occupied housing units), population density, neighborhood walkability rate, crime rate and pedestrian fatality rate.
In the “friendliness” category, the website ranked the city 6th for the percentage of potential trick-or-treaters and 21st in terms of how many houses giving away treats are available to candy-seekers.
The city also ranked 18th in terms of per capita candy stores, compared to other large cities.
New York City was ranked first in the nation. The California cities of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Diego are in the top 10.
According to the website, 71 percent of Americans celebrate Halloween and 48 percent plan to dress up for the holiday. Of all the goodies being handed out, 68 percent of people say chocolate is their favorite treat.
Halloween spending, according to the website, scares up $9.1 billion in sales nationwide. The average US household is expected to spend $86.13 on Halloween expenses this year.