Posted: October 16, 2020
The numbers behind recent Halloweens…
Editor's Note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween 2020 will be another of those "like none before" events. Some communities have banned trick or treating, others have adopted different ways of carrying on, yet at least around my home the store shelves are still well stocked with Halloween candy, decorations and other supplies. We won't know for a while how different Halloween 2020 will be, but here are some facts gathered from more typical celebrations before COVID.
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 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!
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2019 — children ages 5 to 14.
The number of potential stops for trick-or-treaters to occupied housing units for the second quarter of 2020.
The number of housing units with steps trick-or-treaters had to climb to fill their bags with goodies in 2019.
The percentage of U.S. households who think their neighborhood has a lot of petty crime.
Hauntingly Delicious Economic Statistics
The number of U.S. establishments that produced chocolate products from cocoa beans in 2018.
The number of U.S. confectionery and nut stores that sold candy and other confectionery products in 2018.
The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States in 2018.
Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,375)
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,138)
Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,035)
Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,162)
Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,513)
Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 231)
Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 58,756)
Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 78)
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