Report ranks Helena top city in state for trick-or-treating

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–With Halloween just a few days away, a financial news and opinion website has ranked thousands of towns across the U.S. to determine the best cities suitable for trick-or-treating in each state and Helena came in at No. 1 for Alabama.

24/7 Wall St. released the list of best towns for trick-or-treating based on a number of different measures related to the trick-or-treating experience, according to the report.

This includes the share of children 14 years old and younger, housing occupancy rates, poverty rate and the prevalence of crime. 24/7 Wall St. also considered the presence of nearby Halloween-themed businesses, such as costume stores and haunted houses.

The report states Helena has 96.6 percent of housing units occupied, meaning trick-or-treaters will have no time raking in mounds of candy on Halloween. The website cites spooky venues to visit in the region, including the Insanitarium Haunted Attraction, Nightmare3008 and Hellbilly Hollow as another positive for Helena on Halloween.

Helena’s population consists of approximately 26.1 percent of children under the age of 14 and an average temperature of 62 degrees on Halloween night are both factors that contributed to the No. 1 ranking.

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