Halloween
Statistics – Oct. 31, 2011
( Monday )

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, 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.

Trick or Treat!

41 million
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2010 — children 5 to 14 — across the United States. Of course, many other children — older than 14 and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census,

116.7 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2010 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census,

92%
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: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2005, Table 4,

1.1 billion pounds
Pumpkin production by major pumpkin-producing states in 2010. Illinois produced an estimated 427 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California, New York and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states, each with an estimate of more than 100 million pounds.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Shopping

Halloween costumes and props are becoming a big part of our favorite holiday. The number of specialty store seem to be increasing each year with the popularity of October 31. and our favorite event. Props are also becoming more elaborate as technology progresses.

Candy and Costumes

1,177
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009, employing 34,252 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135, followed by Pennsylvania, with 111.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2009, NAICS codes (31132 & 31133),

409
Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2009. These establishments employed 16,974 people. California led the nation in this category, with 45 establishments.

24.7 pounds
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2010, Table 1,

1,719
Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2009.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 County Business Patterns, NAICS code (53222)