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Halloween Stats and Facts

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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41.2 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2013 - children age 5 to 14 - across the U.S. Of course, many other children - older than 14 and younger than 5 - also go trick-or-treating.

115 million

Number of occupied housing units across the nation in first quarter 2014 - all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.


Percentage of households with residents who considered their neighborhood safe in 2011. In addition, 79.5 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night.

Hauntingly Delicious


Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products, in 2012, employing 37,150 employees. This industry's value of shipments totaled $14.4 billion, up slightly from $14.1 billion in 2007.


Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products employing 19,141 employees. This industry's value of shipments totaled $8.0 billion in 2012.

Dressed to Thrill

A sampling of occupations that one may dress up as for a Halloween costume:


Number of Full-Time,
Year-Round Employees

Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers


Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers




Detectives and criminal investigators


Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers




Police and sheriff's patrol officers


Registered nurses


Where to Spend Halloween?

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

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,338)

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,017)

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 6,920)

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,185)

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 32,903)

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 218)

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 59,628)

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)

Truth or Consequences, N.M. (estimated population 6,246)


The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) where one could possibly enjoy a horrorfest. California (519), Texas (297), New York (272) and Florida (213) had the most of such establishments. There were 225 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2012 - both Pennsylvania and Ohio tied for the most, with 22 in each state.


Acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013, with a total estimated production value of $149.9 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween.

$686 million

The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2013. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, please visit: <http://www.census.gov/constructionspending>.


The number of costume rental and formal wear establishments; they had a total of 6,348 paid employees across the nation in 2012 (for the pay period including March 12, 2012).

$1.1 billion

Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2013. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $332 million worth. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.

Who You Gonna Call?


Percent of all households had a cellular phone in 2011 compared with only 36 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1 percent in 1998 to 28 percent in 2011.

More about Halloween

Did you know?
In Bowling, at one time the law barred “nine-pins,” so a tenth pin was added, thus legally making it a new game.