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"Halloween: Oct. 31, 2016"

Press Release Number CB16-FF.20

Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities, such as costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.

Trick or Treat!

41.1 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates, PEPASR6H

118.3 million

The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter 2016 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

78.7%

The percentage of U.S. households that agreed their neighbors could be trusted in 2013.

Hauntingly Delicious

37,128

The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2014. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $16.0 billion, up from $15.2 billion in 2013.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311351, 311352

17,815

The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $8.2 billion in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311340

3,217

The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 22,086 people in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 445292

Dressed to Thrill

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

Occupation        

Year-Round Employees

Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers

109,943

Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers

376,460

Dentists

95,713

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers

478,065

Firefighters

254,678

Police and sheriff’s patrol officers

662,619

Registered nurses

2,227,835

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, B24124

Places to Spend Halloween

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

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,312)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,242)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,058)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,169)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,211)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 230)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 60,285)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Truth or Consequences, N.M. (estimated population 6,079)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Spooktacular

4,449

The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132

40,900

The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween.

$1.04 Billion

The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2015. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, visit <www.census.gov/constructionspending>.

1,078

The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the U.S. This industry had 6,611 paid employees across the nation in 2014 (for the pay period including March 12, 2014).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220

302

The number of broom, brush, and mop and casket manufacturing establishments (for the more authentic witches and vampires). Combined, these two industries employed 12,627 people and had a total value of shipments of $3.6 billion in 2012.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 339994 and NAICS 339995

$1.03 billion

Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2015. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.

Who You Gonna Call?

89.0%

The percentage of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36.0 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1.0 percent in 1998 to 28.0 percent in 2011.

The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:

Black (African American) History Month (February)
Super Bowl
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
      St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Earth Day (April 22)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Older Americans Month (May)
Mother's Day
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
Father's Day
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)
Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day
The Holiday Season (December)

Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

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