If you’re still deciding on where to spend Halloween, Jersey City is the “Best Place” to go!

The personal finance website WalletHub released its 2022’s Best Places for Halloween report, which places Jersey City at No. 7 on its top 100 list. It is ranked No. 2 in terms of trick-or-treater friendliness, second to only Orlando!

Jersey City’s total score is 58.01 (No. 1 NY had a ranking of 67.34, by comparison). The Hudson County town ranked 59 in terms of Halloween fun and – understandably this time of year – 92 for Halloween weather. Another Hudson town, Newark, ranked 37 on the list.

Aside from trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhoods on Halloween, there are some other cool events you and your family should check out in “The Sixth Borough.”

JCFamilies and the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association will co-host the Halloween Pet Costume Contest on Oct. 26. Trunk-or-Treat with the Jersey City Police Department on Oct. 27 or in the East District on Oct. 28.

Stop by the Spooky Spectacular at Smart Start Academy in the early afternoon of Oct. 29, then head over to Halloween Fest at 902 Brewing Company for another family-friendly event.

Join Luna De Papel Art Studio for a Terrifyingly Cute Craft Party on Oct. 30. Or, if you want to bring your furry friend along, Kevana Wellness will host a Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Fashion Show on Oct. 30. Let your pets walk along a real red carpet as they wag their tails for a pet photographer as they make their way to the stage!

The Liberty Science Center is always a popular place, and this season is no different as a Halloween Party takes place every day through Oct. 30.

WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 22 key metrics. They range from candy and chocolate stores per capita to average price per Halloween party ticket to share of potential trick-or-treat stops. The top 20 towns are:

  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Miami, FL
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. San Jose, CA
  7. Jersey City, NJ
  8. Las Vegas, NV
  9. Santa Ana, CA
  10. Boston, MA
  11. Orlando, FL
  12. Laredo, TX
  13. Anaheim, CA
  14. Chicago, IL
  15. Hialeah, FL
  16. Chula Vista, CA
  17. Long Beach, CA
  18. Sacramento, CA
  19. Fremont, CA
  20. Tampa, FL

According to WalletHub, the projected Halloween spending is $10.6 billion this year, $3.6 billion of which will be spent on costumes and $3.1 billion going towards candy (which, WalletHub reports, is stolen by 86 of parents from their kids!)! More than $300 million in revenue will come from haunted attractions – and surprisingly, 80% are run by charities.

Click here to see the full results of the study.

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