North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor James Alan Fox argued that from 2006 to 2009, the vio­lent crime rates for Boston, Mass., spiked on three dates each year: New Year’s Day, Inde­pen­dence Day and Halloween.

Writing for the “Crime and Pun­ish­ment” blog at Boston​.com in 2011, Fox stated that not only was Hal­loween a hor­rible time for crim­inal activity, it was the worst.

The evening vio­lent crime count on October 31 is about 50 per­cent higher than on any other date during the year, and twice the daily average,” wrote Fox. “The most pop­ular hours for gath­ering Snickers and Junior Mints around the neigh­bor­hood are appar­ently also the prime time for vio­lent crime.”

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