The top D.C. destination for Halloween? Survey says Arlington, Va.

The top D.C. destination for Halloween? Survey says Arlington, Va.

Here’s a scary fact for Washington-area residents — Arlington, Virginia, is the ninth best locality in the country for Halloween parties.

Consumers, it seems, invest a lot of time and money into this spooky holiday. They also have high expectations to match, and some cities, according to a new study by financial advice website NerdWallet, are more conducive to Halloween celebrations than others.

NerdWallet assigned each American locale an engagement score of 1 to 10 based on how many people already bought tickets for a Halloween event. A score of 10 designates a city where more than 20,000 people purchased Halloween event tickets as of Oct. 8, 2014. The price of the ticket also was a factor.

Arlington's “overall score for Halloween parties,” which is a combination of number of RSVPs and affordability, is 83.79 out of 100. Not bad. San Francisco topped the list, with Washington, D.C., landing in 17th place overall.

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Halloween Party Safety Tips

So, for all you Arlington folks, Washingtonians and Marylanders, check out some local costume stores and party rental shops to prepare for the haunted day. Also, here are a few Halloween safety tips to keep in mind while you shop for a costume:

  • Halloween costumes should be made of light-colored materials and loose, so warm clothes can be worn underneath without restricting movement. Put a few strips of reflective tape on the costume and candy bag to make children more visible.
  • Make sure the costume is made of fire-retardant materials, since hanging pieces such shredded parts or overly long sleeves can catch fire from a jack-o-lantern or candle. If the label says it contains lead, choose another costume.
  • Safety experts recommend wearing makeup instead of a mask, but some Halloween makeup products also contain lead. Check the packaging closely before you buy. Make sure masks, if you go that route, have large enough holes for the eyes, nose and mouth so they don't restrict vision or breathing.
  • Avoid sharp and heavy costume props: Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.
  • Attach your child’s name, address and telephone number their costume in case your child gets lost or separated from you.

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