Halloween Facts and Statistics!
Collected by the U.S. Census Bureau
The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals
thousands of years ago (see
this page for the history of Halloween), has long been associated with images of witches,
ghosts, devils and hobgoblins.
In the United States, the first official citywide Halloween
celebration occurred in Anoka, Minn., in 1921. 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.
And the tradition has spread to other countries: Japan and France have
ever-growing Halloween parties and activities.
Below are some interesting numbers and statistics regarding Halloween
in the United States. You may also want to
see this page for similar
information about pumpkin production in the U.S.
"Trick or Treat!"
36.1 million - The
estimated number of
potential trick-or-treaters in 2006 — children 5 to 13 — across the
United States, down 45,000 from 2005. Of course, many other children —
older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating. <>
109.6 million -
Number of occupied housing
units across the nation in 2006 — all potential stops for
Percentage of households who consider
their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said they were not
afraid to walk alone at night. (Source:
Extended Measures of Well-Being:
Living Conditions in the United States, 2003,
Jack-O’-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies
1 billion pounds - Total production of major
pumpkin-producing states in 2006. Illinois led the country by producing
492 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania 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 $101 million.
Where to Spend Halloween?
Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood
Transylvania County, N.C. (29,780 residents).
Tombstone, Ariz. (population 1,571).
Pumpkin Center, N.C. (population 2,228); and
Pumpkin Bend, Ark. (population 307). <>
Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C.; and Cape Fear in Chatham
County, N.C. (the townships have populations of 15,711 and 1,170,
Skull Creek, Neb. (population 281).
Candy and Costumes
Number of U.S. manufacturing
establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2005,
employing 38,718 people and shipping $13.6 billion worth of goods.
California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa
manufacturing establishments, with 128, followed by Pennsylvania, with
and <> (2005 Value of Product
Number of U.S. establishments that
manufactured non-chocolate confectionary products in 2005. These
establishments employed 21,389 people and shipped $7.6 billion worth of
goods that year. California also led the nation in this category, with
73 establishments. <> (2005 Value of Product
26 pounds -
Per capita consumption of candy by
Americans in 2006; it is believed a large portion is consumed around
Number of costume rental and formal
wear establishments across the nation in 2005.
Note: The preceding data were
collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling
variability and other sources of error.
Facts for Features
are customarily released about two months before an observance in order
to accommodate magazine production timelines.
Other fun and useful Halloween information
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