The 13 Big Metro Areas With the Most Trick-or-Treaters

Provo Halloween

It looks like lawns and other spots in the Provo, UT, metro area will be teeming with superheroes and princesses on Halloween.

A LawnStarter analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that the Provo area has the biggest potential pool of trick-or-trickers among U.S. metro areas with at least 500,000 residents. Data shows that 35 percent of the Provo area’s population was made up of potential trick-or-treaters — kids under age 18 — in 2010. That’s the highest percentage for any big metro area in the country.

Among the kid-oriented Halloween activities in Provo are a trick-or-treat gathering in the downtown district and a carnival at the city’s recreation center.

Halloween in Provo

Halloween in Provo

Four of the 13 metros on our list — the Utah areas of Provo, Ogden and Salt Lake City and the Idaho area of Boise — have large Mormon populations. While many Mormons do celebrate Halloween, they often mark the occasion in a unique way.

“Most Mormon congregations have mild Halloween parties called Trunk or Treat, in which the children, dressed in costume, go from car to car in the [church] parking lot. Church members give them candy from the trunks of their cars. This allows the children to collect treats in a safe and moral environment,” according to

Generally, according to Religion News Service, Mormons “seem to love Halloween.”

Here’s our list of the 13 big metro areas with the most potential trick-or-treaters.

1. Provo, UT

Halloween in Provo

Population under 18 (2010): 185,814
Total population (2010): 526,810
Percentage of population under 18: 35.27%

2. McAllen, TX

Halloween in McAllen

Population under 18 (2010): 268,484
Total population (2010): 774,769
Percentage of population under 18: 34.65%

3. Ogden, UT

Halloween in Ogden

Population under 18 (2010): 177,999
Total population (2010): 547,184
Percentage of population under 18: 32.53%

4. Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 254,081
Total population (2010): 839,631
Percentage of population under 18: 30.26%

5. El Paso, TX


Population under 18 (2010): 240,813
Total population (2010): 800,647
Percentage of population under 18: 30.08%

6. Fresno, CA

Fresno Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 277,507
Total population (2010): 930,450
Percentage of population under 18: 29.83%

7. Salt Lake City, UT

Halloween Salt Lake City

Population under 18 (2010): 330,869
Total population (2010): 1,124,197
Percentage of population under 18: 29.43%

8. Stockton, CA

Stockton Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 200,724
Total population (2010): 685,306
Percentage of population under 18: 29.29%

9. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

Loma Linda Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 1,214,696
Total population (2010): 4,224,851
Percentage of population under 18: 28.75%

10. Modesto, CA

Modesto Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 147,158
Total population (2010): 514,453
Percentage of population under 18: 28.60%

11. Houston, TX

Houston Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 1,662,290
Total population (2010): 5,946,800
Percentage of population under 18: 27.95%

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12. Boise, ID

Boise Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 172,174
Total population (2010): 616,561
Percentage of population under 18: 27.92%

13. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Dallas Halloween

Population under 18 (2010): 1,773,862
Total population (2010): 6,371,773
Percentage of population under 18: 27.84%

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John Egan

John Egan is the former editor in chief of Now, he is a freelance writer extraordinaire. He lives in Austin, Texas.