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By the Numbers: Halloween

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Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities, such as costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns.

Trick or Treat!

41.1 million: The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates, PEPASR6H

118.3 million: The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter 2016 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8 

78.7%: The percentage of U.S. households that agreed their neighbors could be trusted in 2013. 
Source: 2013 American Housing Survey 

Hauntingly Delicious

37,128: The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2014. This industry's value of shipments totaled $16.0 billion, up from $15.2 billion in 2013.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311351, 311352

17,815: 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 2014.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311340

3,217: The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 22,086 people in 2014. 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 445292

Dressed to Thrill

A sampling of occupations that one may dress up as for Halloween:

Occupation                                           Number of Full-Time,
  Year-Round Employees
   
Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers          109,943
Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers                         376,460
Dentists                                                                     95,713
Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers                      478,065
Firefighters                                                                                254,678
Police and sheriff's patrol officers                                                  662,619
Registered nurses                                                                        2,227,835

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, B24124

Places to Spend Halloween

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

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,312) 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,242)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,058)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,169)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,211)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates 

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 230)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 60,285)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Truth or Consequences, N.M. (estimated population 6,079)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

Spooktacular

4,449: The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters. 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132

40,900:
The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Page 8 

$1.04 Billion: The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2015. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, visit <www.census.gov/constructionspending>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Value of Construction Put in Place Survey

1,078: The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the U.S. This industry had 6,611 paid employees across the nation in 2014 (for the pay period including March 12, 2014). 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220

302: 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: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 339994 and NAICS 339995 

$1.03 billion: Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2015. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics, Commodity Code 080810

Who You Gonna Call?

89.0%: 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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2011