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Random Halloween Facts from the Census Bureau

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oct. 31, 2010

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands
of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and
vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed
dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways, including
wearing costumes, children trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and going
to haunted houses and parties.

Trick or Treat!
36 million
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2009 -- children 5
to 13 -- across the United States. This number is up about 190,000 from a
year earlier. Of course, many other children -- older than 13, and younger
than 5 -- also go trick-or-treating.
Source: 2009 population estimates <

111.3 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2009 -- all potential
stops for
Source: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

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.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United
States, 2005

& Jack-o’-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies

931 million pounds
Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2009.
Illinois led the country by producing 429 million pounds of the vined
orange gourd. California and Ohio were also major pumpkin producing states:
each produced at least 100 million pounds.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Where to Spend Halloween?

Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood are:

-- Transylvania County, N.C. (30,203 residents)
Source: 2009 population estimates

-- Tombstone, Ariz. (population 1,562)
Source: 2009 population estimates

-- Pumpkin Center, N.C. (population 2,228); and Pumpkin Bend, Ark.
(population 307)
Source: 2000 Census

-- Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C. (population 15,711); and Cape Fear
in Chatham County, N.C. (population 1,170).
Source: 2000 Census

-- Skull Creek, Neb. (population 274)
Source: 2009 population estimates

Candy and Costumes
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and
cocoa products in 2008, employing 38,369 people. California led the nation
in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with
146, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115.
Source: County Business Patterns: 2008 <>
NAICS code (31132) and (31133)

Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary
products in 2008. These establishments employed 16,860 people. California
led the nation in this category, with
47 establishments.
Source: County Business Patterns: 2008 <>
NAICS code (31134)

24.3 pounds
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009.
Source: Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2009 <

Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation
in 2008.
Source: 2008 County Business Patterns <


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