U.S. Census Bureau: Halloween by the Numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  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!

$1.1 billion

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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates, PEPASR6H

117.3 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in second quarter 2015 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8

Percentage of U.S. households that agreed that their neighbors could be trusted in 2013.
Source: 2013 American Housing Survey

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.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 2012: 311351, 311352 and 2007: 311320, 311330

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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 311340

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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 445292

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


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

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey, B24124

Where to Spend Halloween?

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

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,322)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2014/PEPANNRES/1620000US0474400

Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,208)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 6,931)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

Yellville, Ark. (estimated population 1,181)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,045)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimateshttp://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2014/PEPANNRES/0500000US37175

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 225)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2014/PEPANNRES/1620000US1067050

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 60,086)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2014/PEPANNRES/1620000US5613150

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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132

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 CaliforniaOhioMichiganNew York and then Pennsylvania. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Page 9 and 38

$820 million
The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2014.Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, please visit:http://www.census.gov/constructionspending.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Value of Construction Put in Place Survey

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).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220

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

$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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics, Commodity Code 080810

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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2011, http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-136.pdf

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

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

Women’s History Month (March)

Unmarried and Single Americans Week

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/

Halloween (Oct. 31)

  St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Earth Day (April 22)


Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)        

Older Americans Month (May)

Thanksgiving Day

Mother’s Day

The Holiday Season (December)      

Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)

Father’s Day

The Fourth of July (July 4)

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)

Back to School (August)

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.

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