Weâ€™ve all wondered it: which city really is the best city for trick-or-treating. Here at Fright Catalog, we’re happy to talk about the best Halloween costumes or props, but we’ve tried to avoid the topic of our favorite trick-or-treating cities, because it’s bound to get people stirred up and defensive. One person’s perception of the best city may not be the same as another’s, so itâ€™s been best to avoid the topic.
Now, itâ€™s time to put this concern to rest, because Zillow recently released their fourth annual Trick-or-Treat Index, which ranks â€œâ€¦the top 20 cities around the country to get the best Halloween lootâ€¦â€
The index ranks cities based on â€œfour equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.â€
Hereâ€™s the list:
One thing to note: Zillow follows the list by saying, â€œThere is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy,â€ going on to describe their index as a â€œmore holistic approach to trick-or-treating.â€
As a child, my family fell into the idea of wealthier neighborhoods = more candy, because we believed wealthier families had more money, thus more candy to give. Unfortunately, wealthier neighborhoods are often more spread out, too, so you spent more time walking than actually raking in the loot. Nothing worse than swollen feet and a pillow sack full of more air than candy.
So, Fright fans, anyone disagree with this list? Anyone feel the need to defend their own city and why it should make the list? Let me know.