Does “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat” ring a bell? No doubt, one of many adults’ greatest childhood memories entails dressing up on Halloween and collecting a pillowcase full of candy.
Kids all over the country partake in this one-night event, after weeks of anticipating the moment they can put on their costumes. For many children, Halloween serves to provide a first altruistic experience when they collect donations from the homes they visit on behalf of UNICEF or other charities to help undernourished children.
Since this is an early-evening event, parents tend to walk alongside their kids — especially the younger ones — as they go door to door to ensure they are safe. Along with child safety, many other factors about your town or city can affect the overall Halloween experience.
24/7 Wall St. ranked thousands of towns across the U.S. based on a number of measures related to the trick-or-treating experience. This includes the share of children 14 years old and younger, housing occupancy rates, poverty rates and the prevalence of crime. We also considered the presence of nearby Halloween-themed businesses — such as costume stores and haunted houses.
Washington Best town to trick-or-treat: Snoqualmie Pop. age 14 and under: 30.2% Avg. temperature on Halloween night: 50 F. There are known stories of cars full of kids coming from other nearby areas to let their kids off and have at the many small neighborhoods within the greater Master Planned Community of Snoqualmie Ridge. These small inlets combined with highly aware parents walking with their kids and neighbors looking out for other neighbor kids makes it a great place to get the Halloween trick or treating experience.
This year the weather is forecast to be ideal with warm afternoon leading to cooler spooktacular temps as kids wander from street to street. As a friendly reminder, if you find yourself visiting 'The Ridge' be mindful that your child's foray into the neighborhood should be one conducted with full respect for the residents that live there all year round. Remind your child to be respectful of decorations, landscaping and to not litter as they have at their candy along the way. This way Snoqualmie Ridge can continue to be a destination place for many for years to come.
Read on to find out if your town is the best for trick-or-treaters.
More explanation on how this list was compiled and the factors used to determine which cities appeared on it can be found here.
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