May 27, 2022

Reference: Roundup of Facts/Statistics From the U.S. Census About Halloween in the United States

From the U.S Census:

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.

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41.1 million
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2017 — children ages 5 to 14.
Source: 2017 Population Estimates, Table PEPASR6H 

120.0 million
The number of potential stops for trick-or-treaters to occupied housing units.
Source: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8 


Hauntingly Delicious Economic Statistics

The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2016.
Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311351, 311352

The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States in 2016.
Source: 2016 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220

Scary Places

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,296)
Source: 2017 Population Estimates

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,159)
Source: 2017 Population Estimates

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 234)
Source: 2017 Population Estimates

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 70)
Source: 2017 Population Estimates

Places to Spend Halloween

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