Halloween Fun Facts and Statistics 2009
Trick or Treat!
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2008 — children 5 to 13 — across the United States. This number is up about 65,000 from a year earlier. Of course, many other children — older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating.
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2008 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night.
1.1 billion pounds
Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2008. Illinois led the country by producing 496 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, Pennsylvania and New York also provided lots of pumpkins: Each state produced at least 100 million pounds. The value of all pumpkins produced by major pumpkin-producing states was $141 million.
Where to Spend Halloween?
Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood are:
* Transylvania County, N.C. (30,187 residents).
* Tombstone, Ariz. (population 1,566).
* Pumpkin Center, N.C. (population 2,228); and Pumpkin Bend, Ark. (population 307).
* Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C. (15,711); and Cape Fear in Chatham County, N.C. (1,170).
* Skull Creek, Neb. (population 271).
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2007, employing 38,794 people and shipping $13.2 billion worth of goods. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 143, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115.
Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionery products in 2007. These establishments employed 18,250 people and shipped $6.6 billion worth of goods that year. California led the nation in this category, with 70 establishments.
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2008.
Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2007.
The observance of Halloween dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago and has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils and hobgoblins. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, many of the young and young at heart take a more light-spirited approach. They don scary disguises or ones that may bring on smiles when they go door to door for treats, or attend or host a Halloween party.