A new study shows just how much New Yorkers love Halloween.
An analysis by Wallet Hub found that out of 100 American cities, New York City is the best place to celebrate the fall holiday, based on its “Halloween fun.”
Despite its reputation for rudeness, New York City took the second spot for “trick-or-treater friendliness,” coming in behind Gilbert, AZ. Candy must bring out the best in New yorkers, as the city scored the number one spot for most candy and chocolate stores per capita.
The study also found that $2.6 billion is expected to be spent nationwide on Halloween candy this year.
If you were curious about America’s most coveted candy, the survey covers that as well. It turns out that America’s five favorite Halloween candies are: Skittles, Reese’s Cups, M &M’s, Snickers and Starburst. Additionally, 68 percent of Americans say that chocolate is their favorite Halloween treat.
Besides being a candy cornucopia, New York also has the most costume stores per capita in the United States. When it comes to dressing up for spooky festivities, the study shows that 1.3 million kids are planning on dressing up a witch, 2.4 million children will be dressing up as their favorite superhero, and 3.1 million children will be dressing up as their favorite princess.
Kids are not the only ones getting into the holiday spirit. Five million adults are planning on dressing up as witches, and 2 million are planning on dressing up as vampires.
Why should only humans get in on the fun? It was reported that 17 percent of Americans are planning on dressing up their pets on Halloween. The most popular costumes for pets are pumpkins, hot dogs, superheroes, and bumblebees.
Costumes are great, and all, but there is a lot more to do than eat candy and buy a costume this spooky season. Nearly half of Americans are planning on decorating their homes to celebrate Halloween. Forty-four percent of Americans are expected to carve a pumpkin. Besides the decor, 32 percent of Americans are either attending or hosting a Halloween party.