Halloween by the Numbers

The U.S. Census Bureau culled these Halloween numbers from its statistical reports on the American population.

36,100,000 Trick-or-Treaters

That's the number of trick-or-treaters who might hit the streets on Halloween night.  At least that 's the number of children who are 5-to-13 years old, prime trick-or-treat age, according to the Census Bureau. The number actually declined, by 284,000 kids, between 2004 and 2005. Although the population of the United States is growing, it' s also getting older.

26 Pounds of Candy

The per capita  consumption of candy by Americans in 2005. The Census Bureau believes a large portion is consumed around Halloween.

108,000,000 Places to Visit

There are that many occupied housing units in the U.S., and each one is a potential stop for a trick-or-treat visitor.

1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins

That's how many pounds of pumpkins were grown in the major pumpkin-producing states during 2005, the last year for which statistics are available. Illinois led the country by producing 497 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania also provided lots of pumpkins: each state produced at least 100 million pounds. The value of all those pumpkins: $106 million.

1,241 Chocolate Kitchens

The Census Bureau counts that many U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products. They employed 43,322 people and shipped $12.5 billion worth of goods. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 136, followed by Pennsylvania, with 122.

515 Other Sweet Factories

How many U.S. establishments manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2004. They employed 22,234 people and shipped $7.2 billion worth of goods that year. California also led the nation in this category, with 76 establishments.

26 pounds
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2005; it is believed a large portion is consumed around Halloween. <http://www.census.gov/industry/1/ma311d05.pdf>

7 Scary Places

The Census Bureau suggests these places that are appropriately named for Halloween.

  • Transylvania County, N.C.
    (29,626 residents).
  • Tombstone, Ariz.
    (population 1,569).
  • Pumpkin Center, N.C.
    (population 2,228)
  • Pumpkin Bend township, Ark.
    (population 307)
  • Cape Fear townships in New Hanover County, N.C.; and Chatham County, N.C.
    (with populations of 15,711 and 1,170, respectively).
  •  Skull Creek township, Neb. (population 285).