*NOTE: Statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS) have been updated to 2016 data.
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 estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the United States. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates, Table PEPASR6H
The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the first quarter 2017 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
The number of housing units where trick-or-treaters had to climb steps in order to fill their bags full of candy in 2015.
The percentage of U.S. households that agreed their neighbors could be trusted in 2013.
The percentage of U.S. households who think their neighborhood has a lot of petty crime.
The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2015. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $17.2 billion, up from $16.0 billion in 2014.
Source: 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311351, 311352
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 2015.
Source: 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311340
The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 23,243 people in 2015.
Source: 2015 County Business Patterns, NAICS 445292
A sampling of occupations that one may dress up as for Halloween:
|Occupation||Number of Full-Time, Year-Round
Employees Age 16 plus
|Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers||123,505|
|Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers||375,720|
|Physicians and surgeons||451,680|
|Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers||265,198|
|Police and sheriff’s patrol officers||669,550|
Source: 2016 American Community Survey, B24124
Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood:
Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,300)Source:
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,198)Source:
Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,121)Source:
Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,171)Source:
Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,482)Source:
Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 233)Source:
Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 59,324)Source:
Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)Source:
Truth or Consequences, N.M. (estimated population 6,023)Source:
The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the United States in 2015 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (497), Texas (330), New York (258) and Florida (199) had the most of such establishments. There were 213 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2015 — Ohio had 21, California had 18 and Pennsylvania had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters.
Source: 2015 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132
The value of U.S. imports of pumpkins in 2016. Pumpkin carving and decorating is a popular Halloween tradition.
The estimated private construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2016. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, visit <www.census.gov/constructionspending>.
The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States. This industry had 6,504 paid employees across the nation in 2015 (for the pay period including March 12, 2015).
Source: 2015 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220
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: 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 339994 and NAICS 339995
Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2016. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.
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)
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)
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
|The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)
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)
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: email@example.com.