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NC city one of the best in the US for celebrating Halloween

Rusty Taylor reaches over to light one of several pumpkins just after Halloween in 2015 at his Raleigh home. Taylor and his partner, Danny Williamson, carve 50-55 pumpkins annually on Halloween.
Rusty Taylor reaches over to light one of several pumpkins just after Halloween in 2015 at his Raleigh home. Taylor and his partner, Danny Williamson, carve 50-55 pumpkins annually on Halloween. jleonard@newsobserver.com

North Carolina’s capital city is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween in the United States.

Neighborhood social network Nextdoor released national rankings for the best cities to trick-or-treat. Raleigh came in at No. 3, and while Cary was No. 1 in 2015, it didn’t crack the top 10 in 2017.

Nextdoor used data collected from thousands of people that use its “Treat Map” of homes giving out candy or hosting haunted houses on Halloween to create its top 10 list. Neighbors can mark their homes with candy corn icons to notify the rest of the neighborhood that they’ll be handing out candy.

But Nextdoor wasn’t the only site to list Raleigh as one of the best cities in the country for Halloween.

Raleigh ranked fourth on a list of the top 20 most populous areas in each region of the country based on five Halloween metrics, according to travel rewards website RewardExpert.

Four regions – the Midwest, South, West and Northeast – were analyzed in the Reward Expert study. Raleigh ranked fourth in the South, behind three Texas cities: Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Arlington, Va. came in fifth place in the South.

No other North Carolina (or South Carolina) cities made the list.

Raleigh was ranked “by far the safest city in the Southern region” and placed in the top half of every category (price, climate, things to do) except transportation. Raleigh’s walkability was ranked second-lowest in the region and its public transit score was third-worst in the whole national list.

“If you’re willing to drive around instead of walking or busing, it’s a great trick-or-treat vacation spot. Raleigh also boasts some incredible fall foliage if you’re interested in watching the leaves change in a new city,” the website wrote.

RewardExpert used census data, Walkscore.com’s scoring matrix for walkability and transit scores, FBI data to create a safety index score, cost of living website Numbeo’s data to determine expenses, Accuweather data for average rainfall, National Climatic Data Center for temperatures and Yelp and Eventbrite data for Halloween activities in each city.

For more on the ranking, go to here.

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