The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has named the 2006 Trick-or-Treat Capital of the United States. Although Boston came in second as a top Halloween travel destinations, according to a new national survey, it is the leader in Halloween candy sales in the Northeast, according to top retailers in the region.

The national survey also found that 25% of those polled chose Orlando as their Halloween vacation destination of choice. Following up close behind in second place was Boston, at 22%. The top five cities for favorite cities for Halloween festivities also included Los Angeles (15%), Minneapolis (13%) and Tulsa, Okla. (5%).

Larry Graham, president of the NCA, explains why Boston was chosen as the Trick-or-Treat Capital of the United States: “Halloween tradition and history is synonymous with Boston. The city embodies the fun, spirit, customs and flavor of the holiday.”

Many of today’s Halloween customs were adapted from Irish traditions brought to the U.S., and in particular, Boston, during the late 1800’s and early part of last century, says the NCA. In fact, Boston is known for “Americanizing” the holiday, including popular traditions such as carving pumpkins, wearing costumes and trick-or-treating.

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