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Halloween: Oct. 31, 2021

Release Number CB21-FF.09

Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like dressing in costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkin.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to U.S. Census Bureau surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy. 

Trick or Treat!

73.1 million

The estimated number of children under age 18 (read: potential trick-or-treaters) in 2020.

57.4 million

The number of housing units with steps that trick-or-treaters had to climb to collect their treats – or tricks – in 2019. 

Sweet Economic Statistics

270

The number of U.S. establishments that primarily produced chocolate products from cocoa beans in 2019.

3,389

The number of U.S. confectionery and nut stores in 2019.

843

The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States in 2019. 

Spooky-Sounding Spots

Tombstone, Ariz. (2020 population 1,308)  
Source: 2020 Decennial Census

Truth or Consequences, N.M. (2020 population 6,052)  
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (2020 population 9,986)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (2020 population 7,656)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States

Yellville, Ark. (2020 population 1,178)
Source: 2020 Decennial Census

Transylvania County, N.C. (2020 population 32, 986)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States

Slaughter Beach, Del. (2020 population 218)
Source: 2020 Decennial Census

Casper, Wyo. (2020 population 59,038)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States

Scarville, Iowa (2020 population 74)
Source: 2020 Decennial Census

Previous Facts for Features

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.

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

Black (African American) History Month (February)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day/Holiday Season (November-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.

Profile America's Facts for Features provides statistics related to observances and holidays not covered by Stats for Stories. For observances not listed below, visit our Stats for Stories web page. 

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