DFW is one of the best places to be for fans of Halloween, according to a study of 100 of the largest cities in the U.S.
Three North Texas suburbs were ranked in the top 17 cities for celebrating Halloween with activities “that won’t frighten your wallet,” according to a study by WalletHub, a financial advice website that conducts surveys and studies about economic comparisons around the country.
Plano ranked No. 8, Irving No. 11 and Garland No. 17. Fort Worth was ranked No. 33, Arlington No. 35 and Dallas, the lowest-ranked North Texas city on the list, was No. 47.
The rankings comprise three main categories — trick-or-treater friendliness, Halloween parties and activities and weather. All the DFW cities ranked higher in trick-or-treater friendliness and weather than in the activities section.
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Within those categories, crime rates, ticket prices and the number of costume and candy stores were factored into the study findings.
Santa Ana, Calif., received the highest score, followed by New York City, Jersey City, Newark. Laredo, Texas, was fifth, because it has the highest percentage of its population at 14 years old or younger and is extremely trick-or-treater friendly.
Bringing up the rear in the study, Oakland, Memphis, St. Petersburg and Birmingham ranked No. 96-100, respectively.