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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The numbers on Halloween

Halloween: Oct. 31, 2012

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 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!

41 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2011 — children age 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, Population Estimates <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2011/index.html>

115 million

Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2011 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder, Table S2502
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/S2502>

Jack-o'-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies

$113 million

Value of pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan in 2011.
Source: Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
<http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/vegetables/pumpkins.cfm>

Where to Spend Halloween?

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

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