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Halloween Facts

Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition…

  • October 29, 2019

Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires.

Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and dressing in costumes.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys:

Trick or Treat!

According to Census, there was an estimated 41.1 million potential trick-or-treaters in 2018 — children ages 5 to 14.

There were 122.4 million potential stops for trick-or-treaters to occupied housing units for the 2nd quarter of 2019.

The nation had 59.1 million housing units where trick-or-treaters had to climb steps in order to fill their bags full of candy in 2017.

1,342 U.S. manufacturing establishments produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2016.

3,430 U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sold candy and other confectionary products in 2016.

991 formal wear and costume rental establishments were doing business in the United States in 2016.

Spooky Places

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,300)

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,057)

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,202)

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,170)

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 34,215)

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 232)

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 57,461)

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 70)

Now, go out and enjoy yourself.