Boo-yah! Jersey City a hotbed for Halloween, according to ranking

It’s official, Jersey City is scary!

According to digital financial services company WalletHub, the city was named the seventh best in the country for Halloween, based on comparisons between trick-or-treat friendliness, Halloween fun and Halloween weather.

From masquerade parties at bars and restaurants for the 21-plus kid in all of us to trunk or treat festivities for the youngsters, Jersey City has no shortage of Halloween spirit. So many in fact, that the celebration spans two or three weekends.

Unsurprisingly, New York was No. 1, followed by San Francisco (whose MLB team wears what amounts to Halloween outfits in terms of colors). Newark came in at No. 37.

Jersey City was ranked second for friendliness of tricks or treats, 59th for Halloween fun, and 92nd for weather. Where Jersey City stood out was the average price per Halloween party ticket, where it was the highest in the country. The city was also third in “walking score”, 13th in “crime rate”, and 12th in percentage of fully vaccinated residents.

The number of Halloween costume stores, party supplies stores, and candy and chocolate stores per capita, as well as the number of Halloween parties were among the 22 metrics WalletHub used to establish its score for every city.

A look at the Jersey City Cultural Affairs Calendar shows six events, including the Jersey City Police Department’s Trunk-or-Treats, between Oct. 27 and Halloween, Oct. 31. And hyperlocal community blogs provide long lists of Jersey City events.

Some Halloween facts and figures provided by WalletHub:

  • $10.6 billion: Projection of Halloween spending in 2022.
  • $3.6 billion: Spending on Halloween costumes in 2022.
  • $3.1 billion: Spending on Halloween candy in 2022.
  • 34%: Share of parents who think that 13 or 14 years old is old enough to make sweets or treats alone.
  • 86%: Share of parents who admit to stealing candy from their children.
  • $300 million or more: Annual revenue from ticket sales for haunted attractions, 80% of which is managed by charities.

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