Shoutout/Halloween’s History

Before I get on to Halloween, I’d like to thank the readers of this blog for your time and attention to my nattering.

Have you ever wondered how Halloween began? What is truth? What is fiction? The video below from National Geographic provides a quick history of the holiday.

Some Halloween statistics are listed after the video, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Trick or Treat!

36 million
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2009 — children 5 to 13 — across the United States. This number is up about 190,000 from a year earlier. Of course, many other children — older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating.
Source: 2009 population estimates [http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb10-81.html].

111.3 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2009 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Source: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership [http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/hvs/historic/].

92%
Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2005
[http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/extended-05.html] Table 4.

Jack-o’-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies

931 million pounds
Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2009. Illinois led the country by producing 429 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states: each produced at least 100 million pounds.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
[http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/VegeSumm/VegeSumm-01-27-2010.pdf]

Where to Spend Halloween?

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

Transylvania County, N.C. (30,203 residents)
Source: 2009 population estimates [http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb10-81.html]

Tombstone, Ariz. (population 1,562)
Source: 2009 population estimates [http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb10-81.html]

Pumpkin Center, N.C. (population 2,228); and Pumpkin Bend, Ark. (population 307)
Source: 2000 Census
[http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet]

Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C. (population 15,711); and Cape Fear in Chatham County, N.C. (population 1,170).
Source: 2000 Census
[http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet]

Skull Creek, Neb. (population 274)
Source: 2009 population estimates [http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb10-81.html]

Candy and Costumes

1,317
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2008, employing 38,369 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 146, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115.
Source: County Business Patterns: 2008 [http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/] NAICS code (31132) and (31133)

422
Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2008. These establishments employed 16,860 people. California led the nation in this category, with 47 establishments.
Source: County Business Patterns: 2008 [http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/] NAICS code (31134)

24.3 pounds
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009.
Source: Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2009
[http://www.census.gov/manufacturing/cir/historical_data/ma311d/index.html]

1,814
Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2008.
Source: 2008 County Business Patterns
[http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/county_business_patterns/cb10-114.html] NAICS code (53222)

I hope you have a spookalicious day!

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