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Haunting Halloween Fun Facts

Consumers across the nation plan to spend $82.93 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations, candy, and greeting cards, according to the National Retail Federation. Total nationwide Halloween spending for 2016 is estimated to reach $8.4 billion with 171 million Americans celebrating this holiday. Since Halloween falls on a Monday, most people are planning to spend the weekend before celebrating the holiday.

Estimated number of potential households in Missouri for trick or treaters.

Estimated number of all potential trick or treaters in Missouri (under the age of 14).


Estimated number of potential 15-19 year olds in Missouri getting too old to trick or treat.

9 billion
Pieces of candy corn that will be produced this year. That equates to nearly enough to circle the moon 21 times if laid end-to-end. Candy Corn was first made in the 1880's.

Top Costumes

Along with Witches, vampires and animals other top costumes will be Batman, Wonder women and Princess for children. Politicians, Game of Throne characters and Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad) for adults were reported to be the top sought after costumes for 2016.

Millennials (18 to 34)
Number one spenders for costumes.

The number of Costume Rental Stores in Missouri.

Missouri Haunted Houses:
Missouri Halloween Celebrations
, Show-Me Scary
and Fear Fest
From insane asylums to wineries, there is an array of frightful features in Missouri.

Handout Candy
Number one way the nation plans to celebrate Halloween. Other popular ways to celebrate include decorating the home or yard, carving a pumpkin, and dressing in costumes.

Number of chocolate and non-chocolate candy manufacturers in Missouri.

Number of candy and nut stores in Missouri employing 318 people.

Number one treat children prefer

800 pumpkin
The number of seeds that are found in some giant pumpkins. Large award winning pumpkins can weigh over1,500 pounds and consume 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water over a four-and-a-half month growing season, growing up to 10 pounds a day.

2,261.5 lbs
The weight of the USA Record holding pumpkin from Rhode Island in 2016. The heaviest pumpkin in the World was raised in Beni Meier, Switzerland and weighed in at 2,323 lbs.

Average price of one large carving pumpkin at the Barton County, Mo Produce Auction on October 7, 2016.

1,043 Acres
Total acres of pumpkins planted and harvested in Missouri in 2012. Top pumpkin production states are Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Michigan and Ohio. Acres in the US pumpkin production totaled 90,165 acres.

Top Pumpkin Producing States in the  Nation
Rank State Acres In Pumpkin Production
1 ILLINOIS 16,426
2 NEW YORK 6,273
5 MICHIGAN 5,997
6 OHIO 4,452
7 INDIANA 3,518
8 TEXAS 2,860
22 MISSOURI 1,043


Census, American Community Survey 2015
National Retail Federation

2012 Agriculture Census
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center's Association


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