Charlotte scored frightfully low among the 100 cities ranked by their ability to muster the Halloween spirit, according to WalletHub, a business and financial information website.
The survey looked at 15 metrics, ranging from crime rate to the number of candy stores per capita, in which Charlotte was ranked 88th out of 100.
Overall, the Queen City ranked 9th worst among the 100 as a place to celebrate Halloween.
The 15 metrics were divided into three categories, entertainment environment and safety, parties and activities, and weather forecast. In those, Charlotte ranked 74th, 87th, and 52nd, respectively.
Charlotte’s best ranking was 30th, in the percentage of its population under the age of 14 and in the average prices of a Halloween party ticket. It’s worst ranking, at 98th, was in walkability.
But the Queen City fared better than two other N.C. cities: Winston-Salem was dead last, preceded by Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Anchorage, Alaska; Detroit; Durham; Stockton, Calif.; Toledo, Ohio; Charlotte; and Kansas City, Mo.
Winston-Salem suffers from being among the cities with the lowest numbers of costume stores and candy stores per capita.
St. Paul, Minn., ranked first, followed by, surprise, its twin city, Minneapolis. Rounding out the top 10 were Dallas; Santa Ana, Calif.; Irving, Texas; Garland, Texas; Chandler, Ariz.; Denver; Arlington, Texas; and Las Vegas.