Is Boston America’s BEST Halloween city? Wallethub is out with their annual report using a variety of interesting metrics.

How Great Is Our Great City?

While we can moan about our sports teams having a crummy year, Boston is one of the GREATEST cities in the world. This amazing city literally has EVERYTHING one can imagine.

Boston Dining, Music, Shopping, Sports

We have the best steak, AND seafood restaurants in America.  (Notice how I go right to food.) While our Red Sox had a bumpy season, is there anything better than a Red Sox game on a nice summer night? Right up there with the Sox, are the Celts and B’s. Boston boasts a vibrant local music, comedy and club scene. The North End will give you the most amazing Italian dining experience this side of Italy. The Back Bay in the Summer can give you a wonderful weekend of yummy treats, and shopping.


You can spend a week in Boston leaning about our amazing history, with a trip to the Freedom Trail and into Concord to see the site of the American Revolution, and of course Walden Pond, which shares the inspirational story of Henry David Thoreau.

Is Boston America’s Best Halloween City?

So now that we all agree the Boston is the best city on Earth, how do we do on Halloween?

Our pals at Wallethub offered some interesting data to share:

  • $12.2 Billion: Projected Halloween spending in 2023.
  • $4.1 Billion: Halloween costume spending in 2023.
  • $3.6 Billion: Halloween candy spending in 2023.
  • 34%: Share of parents who think 13 or 14 is old enough to trick-or-treat alone.
  • 60%: Share of parents who help themselves to some of their children’s Halloween haul.
  • $1 Billion+: Annual revenue generated by the Halloween attraction industry, with 80% of haunted attractions being run by charities.

But what about Boston? Let’s find America’s BEST Halloween city!

  • 1-New York City

    Image by Getty Images

    Believe it or not the New Yorker pictured above is very friendly. New York comes in at #1 for friendliness on Halloween!

  • 2-Las Vegas


    Image by Getty

    When you say Trick or Treat, never say say trick too close to the words, Las Vegas. With the said, the City of Sin is the city of FUN on Halloween. Vegas comes in at NUMBER ONE for FUN!

  • 3-Los Angeles

    This LA family says it all. LA comes in at #3 for fun, but #28 for friendly. They don’t have time to be friendly, as they are headed off to do another talk show.

  • 4-Miami


    (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

    The city of sun and fun comes in at #4 for fun, #31 for friendliness BUT #20 for Halloween weather. Maybe too much rain can ruin our green Hulk makeup.

  • 8-BOSTON!


    (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

    To find our great city, we had to skip down a bit to NUMBER 8. Well we DID make into the top TEN!

    Wallethub stats:

    Halloween in Boston (1=Best; 50=Avg.):

    • Overall rank for Boston: 8th
    • 4th – Walk Score
    • 27th – Crime Rate
    • 51st – Candy & Chocolate Stores per Capita
    • 17th – Motor Vehicle Crash Related Pedestrian Fatality Rate
    • 41st – Movie Theaters per Capita
  • Interactive Map

    Source: WalletHub

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