Idaho Is OBSESSED With Halloween and this List Proves It
If you've been longingly staring at your Halloween costume for weeks, just waiting to put it on and celebrate Halloween for days, you're not alone!
According to the National Retail Federation, over 179 million Americans made purchases related to a Halloween celebration last year. The amount of money they spent elevated Halloween to a $9.1 billion industry. If how much our household has spent on costumes alone ($650 between the two of us) is any indication, you can expect the holiday to rake in even more in 2018. Luckily, if you don't mind blowing cash and going all out for Halloween, you're living in the right state.
24/7 Wall Street combed through Yelp data and organized a list of how obsessed each state in the nation was with Halloween. They looked at the number of costume and candy stores, haunted tours and haunted houses in cities with populations of over of 100,000. Idaho only has one city that large (Boise) so they looked at our five biggest cities: Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Idaho Falls and Pocatello to come up with our ranking. Also taken into consideration? Pounds of the most popular candies bought in each state.
So where did Boise rank? In the case of Halloween obsession the Gem State ranked #8 with an average of six costume and eight candy stores in our biggest cities.
Sounds legit. The only thing that seemed totally off to me was that they ranked Shelley as the best trick-or-treat city in the state even though it only has a population of 4,413. Traditionally it's been Nampa that's received that prestigious honor. They ranked on Smart Asset's annual list of the best trick-or-treat cities in the entire country three times!