Native News Network Staff in Entertainment. Discussion »
WASHINGTON Children throughout the country will celebrate Halloween with parties at schools and other activities on Wednesday.
$113 million in Pumpkin Sales
Halloween dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, associated with images of goblins and vampires.
Over the years, Halloween customs have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways, including wearing costumes, children trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and going to haunted houses and parties.
The US Census Bureau released the following fun facts about Halloween:
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2011 - children age 5 to 14 - across the United States. Of course, many other children - older than 14 and younger than 5 - also go trick-or-treating.
The number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2011 - all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Value of pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan in 2011.
Where to Spend Halloween?
Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood are:
Number of US manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2010, employing 35,074 people. Pennsylvania led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 102, followed by California, with 100.
Number of US establishments that manufactured non-chocolate confectionary products in 2010. These establishments employed 17,526 people. California led the nation in this category, with 49 establishments.
Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2010.
posted October 31, 2012 7:20 am edt