Halloween Was BIG Business!
$8.38 billion worth of candy, costumes, decorations and party favors. 34.1% of all Americans hosted a party of some type. 69.1% celebrated the day by trick or treating, passing out candy or trunking. The average person spent $82.93 for the celebration and 47.1% wore a costume.
Speaking of Halloween – How about those Pumpkins
1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the U.S. each year. To grow that many pumpkins takes up 49.5 million acres of property and generates revenue of $26 million dollars. It takes 90 to 120 days to grow a pumpkin from seed to harvest. The largest pumpkin harvested weighed in at 1810 pounds and 8 ounces and was plucked from a field in October of 2010.
The evils of Halloween
An average of 860 houses catch fire on Halloween due to decoration caused fires. From those house fires, an average of 41 people are injured and the property damage is estimated to be worth about $13.4 million dollars. The worst evil is the number of kids hit by cars. Twice as many kids get hit by cars on Halloween than any other day of the year.
When Did Halloween Start?
Halloween started in 1921 in Anoka, Minnesota. The largest Halloween parade is New York’s Village Halloween Parade with 60,000 people participating to the delight of two million people who watch. Haunted houses, corn mazes and other entertainment attractions draw an estimated $300 million in ticket sales.