The most expensive place to live is also number 1 for trick-or-treating

You don’t have to live in the Bay Area to trick-or-treat there.

High home values, income, and population give San Francisco the best place for kids to get the most candy in the shortest time, according to Zillow. San Jose is in second place.

Of course, what kid doesn’t want the biggest, best candy on Halloween? Now you know where to find it.

“These are places we think will have plenty of candy and lots of young kids running around from door to door,” says Zillow’s chief economist Svenja Gudell. “If you don’t live in one of these cities, look for areas that are getting into the Halloween spirit with decorations and lots of costumed kids.”

Zillow even went a step further and found the best neighborhoods to get the most candy in each of the top 20 cities. For example, Los Angeles’s top neighborhood is Bel Air. In San Diego, it’s La Jolla.

Zillow was able to find the best neighborhoods by using the home value index, single-family home density, and the share of the population of families with kids under 10 years old in cities of 500,000 people or more.

Candy is obviously the most important part of All Hallows’ Eve. Cash-back rewards site Ibotta says there are some states that spend more on candy than others.

Oregon residents will spend more than $40 per person on candy this year, while the national average is $16.45. California took the fifth spot, despite Zillow’s list having four out of the top 5 cities in California. Washington, New Jersey, and Utah were among the rest of the top 5 states for big spenders.

An infographic showing the best cities to trick or treat in from Zillow

But there are some states on the other side of the candy bar — those who spend less than others on sweet treats on Halloween. Ohio is the worst: Only $11.22 a person! That means more work for trick-or-treaters to keep up with kids in other states where residents actually like them.

Ibotta also looked at the best day to buy candy: Oct. 27. The worst? Oct. 30 (pay attention, procrastinators). On the 27th, the average price per unit was $1.94 while on Oct. 30, it’s $2.75 each.

While candy is the biggest part of Halloween, it’s not the only part. A Goodwill poll says that more than half of households will dress up in a costume this year. Even more, 16 percent of pets will join in on the festivities.

Ready to get a costume? Goodwill says browse for ideas on Pinterest and Facebook, like two-thirds of respondents who are dressing up this year. Nearly 40 percent of do-it-yourself costume makers buy their materials at thrift stores to save on cash.

If you don’t have a costume yet, you have no excuse. Goodwill says four out of 10 buyers usually make a purchase within the first two weeks of October, even those who are making their own costumes.

Last year, Americans spent more than $8 billion on Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations.

An infographic with Halloween spending statistics from Ibotta

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Zinn is a freelance journalist based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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