Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation, here’s a look at Halloween 2012 – by the numbers:
41 million: the number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2011 – children ages 5 to 14 – across the united States.
115 million: Number of possible targets for trick-or-treating – the number of occupied housing units nationwide.
170 million: Americans will celebrate Halloween this year (that’s 71.5 percent Americans, up from 68.6 percent past year).
$79.82: Amount the average American will spend on decorations, costumes and candy this year (up from $72.31 last year).
18 percent: Of people will make rather than buy a Halloween costume.
$8 billion: Total expected holiday expenditure in 2012.
15.1 percent: Of Americans will dress a family pet in a costume
$113 million: Value of pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin-producing states (Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan) in 2011.
1,155: Number of U.S. manufacturers that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2010.
35,074: People employed by those manufacturers.
409: Number of manufacturers producing non-chocolate confections.
1,634: Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments nationwide in 2010.
4: American places where you might consider spending the holiday: Transylvania County, N.C.; Tombstone, Ariz.; Pumpkin Center, N.C.; or Cape Fear, N.C.