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Halloween 2017: The 5 best and worst states to go trick-or-treating

Boo . . . hoo.

Georgia’s the second worst place in America to go trick-or-treating.

That ghoulish tidbit comes courtesy of Ibotta. The mobile shopping app analyzed average candy purchases per person nationwide over the past two years to figure out where Halloween door knockers were likely to do best in the treats department.

It turns out Oregon is the home of the real candy payday: Residents there spent a whopping $40.29 per person on Payday bars, Snickers and the like, leading Ibotta to declare Oregon the best place to trick or treat.

Rounding out the top five, as determined by the analysis of 150,000 receipts for candy bought the week before Halloween in 2015 and 2016, were Washington ($28.65), New Jersey ($24.36), Utah ($23.73) and California ($19.72).

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Now for the more haunting results: Georgia wound up second from the skinflinty bottom of the entire 50-state heap. The $11.76 per person spent here bested only Ohio’s $11.22 per person.

“Children in those states might need to double up on houses or squeeze in one more neighborhood block to score a candy haul this Halloween,” Ibotta advised about the bottom five, which also included (in order from worst to “best”) Michigan, Alabama and Colorado.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that folks in those states are just better at stretching a candy-buying dollar. 

You keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be over here booking our Halloween flights to Oregon.

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