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.
The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter 2016 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8 www.census.gov/housing/hvs/data/histtabs.html
The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014 /00A1/0100000US|0100000US.04000/naics~512131|512132
The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Page 8 http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/VegeSumm/VegeSumm-02-04-2016.pdf
Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2015. 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 https://usatrade.census.gov/
Who You Gonna Call?
The percentage of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36.0 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1.0 percent in 1998 to 28.0 percent in 2011. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2011www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-136.pdf