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Census Bureau News -- Profile America Facts for Features Halloween Oct. 31, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the U.S. Census Bureau:



Oct. 31, 2011

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways, including wearing costumes, children trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and going to haunted houses and parties.

Trick or Treat!

41 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2010 -- children age 5 to 14 -- across the United States. Of course, many other children -- older than 14 and younger than 5 -- also go trick-or-treating.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census,

116.7 million

Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2010 -- all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census,


Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2005, Table 4,

Jack-o'-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies

1.1 billion pounds

Pumpkin production by major pumpkin-producing states in 2010. Illinois produced an estimated 427 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California, New York and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states, each with an estimate of more than 100 million pounds.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,

Where to Spend Halloween?

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

Candy and Costumes


Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009, employing 34,252 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135, followed by Pennsylvania, with 111.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2009, NAICS codes (31132 & 31133),


Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2009. These establishments employed 16,974 people. California led the nation in this category, with 45 establishments.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2009, NAICS code (31134),

24.7 pounds

Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2010, Table 1,


Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2009.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 County Business Patterns, NAICS code (53222),

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

    African-American History Month
     (February)                          Labor Day
    Super Bowl                           Grandparents Day
                                          Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.
    Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)             15-Oct. 15)
    Women's History Month (March)        Unmarried and Single Americans Week
    Irish-American Heritage Month
     (March)/                            Halloween (Oct. 31)
                                          American Indian/Alaska Native
       St. Patrick's Day (March 17)       Heritage Month
    Asian/Pacific American Heritage
     Month (May)                            (November)
    Older Americans Month (May)          Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
    Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                Thanksgiving Day
    Mother's Day                         The Holiday Season (December)
    Father's Day
    The Fourth of July (July 4)
    Anniversary of Americans with
     Disabilities Act (July 26)
    Back to School (August)

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; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: [email protected].

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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