Trick-or-treaters are already gearing up to make their annual rounds for candy, apple bobbing, and a ghost of a good time on Halloween. Halloween is an important time for many Americans, as the Census data about this autumn holidays suggests. The United States Census bureau has released some interesting facts and figures about our nation’s observance of Halloween which, as the Census release reports, is a holiday whose traditions date back to Celtic rituals thousands of years old. Below are some frighteningly fun numbers for ghouls and goblins to ponder over. (All the data contained in this article is derived from the Census Bureau Halloween release). Have a safe and happy Halloween!
The total number of pounds of pumpkins produced in the United States in 2006. Illinois led the way, with 492 million pounds of pumpkins grown in 2006. California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania also were hearty contributors of the gourd, each producing at least 100 million pounds of pumpkins in 2006.
The number of occupied housing units in the United States in 2006. (Think of all the candy trick-or-treaters would get if they stopped at each residence).
The estimated number of children aged 5 through 13 years (the prime trick-or-treating age group) in the United States in 2006.
The number of costume establishments (both rental and formal wear) in the United States in 2005.
The number of manufacturing establishments in the United States that produce chocolate or cocoa goods in 2005. California fielded 128 such facilities whereas Pennsylvania had 121 in 2005.
The number of establishments in the nation producing non-chocolate confections in 2005. California led in this category also, with 73 such establishments.
The percentage of households who considered their neighborhood as being “safe.”
The percentage of people who reported not being “afraid to walk alone at night.”
The pounds consumed, per capita, of candy by Americans in 2006.
If you are having a hard time deciding where to spend Halloween this year, you may want to look for a party or two in some of these American towns:
Transylvania County, North Carolina, where 29,780 residents live.
Cape Fear, in New Hanover County, North Carolina where 15,711 people live.
Pumpkin Center, North Carolina, with a population of 2,228.
Tombstone, Arizona, boasting 1,571 residents.
Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas, with 307 residents.
Skull Creek, Nebraska, with 281 citizens.
“Facts for Features: Halloween, October 31st, 2007.” United States Census Bureau. 25 October 2007. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010511.html