Halloween Stats and Facts

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Trick or Treat!

41.2 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2014—children age 5 to 14—across the U.S. Of course, many other children—older than 14 and younger than 5—also go trick-or-treating

117.3 million

Number of occupied housing units across the nation in second quarter 2015—all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Hauntingly Delicious


Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2012, employing 37,400 employees. This industry's value of shipments totaled $14.9 billion, up from $14.1 billion in 2007.


Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products, employing 19,267 employees. This industry's value of shipments totaled $7.7 billion in 2012.


Number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 19,821 employees. This industry's sales totaled $1.8 billion in 2012.

Dressed to Thrill

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

Number of Full-Time,
Year-Round Employees
Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers


Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers




Detectives and criminal investigators


Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers




Police and sheriff's patrol officers


Registered nurses 2,183,447

The estimates of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers and detectives and criminal investigators are not statistically different from one another.

Where to Spend Halloween?

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

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,322)

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,208)

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 6,931)

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,181)

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,045)

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 225)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 60,086)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

Truth or Consequences, N.M. (estimated population 6,103)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates



The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2013 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (495), Texas (310), New York (273) and Florida (203) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2013—Ohio had 21 and Pennsylvania had 20 drive-in motion picture theaters.


Acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013, with a total estimated production value of $149.9 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween.

$820 million

The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2014. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun.


The number of costume rental and formal wear establishments; they had a total of 6,574 paid employees across the nation in 2013 (for the pay period including March 12, 2013).


The number of broomstick 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.

$1.1 billion

Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2014. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.

Who You Gonna Call?


Percent of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1 percent in 1998 to 28 percent in 2011.

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