Halloween Financial Trivia

halloween facts trivia tips*In the United States we buy $141 million worth of pumpkins with the majority of them purchased around Halloween. More Info

*Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1. More Info

*Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first. More Info

*Because of the sugar ration caused by World War II, children did not trick-or-treat from 1942-1947. Source

*Together we all give about $100 million worth of Halloween cards to each other every year. 35 million cards. More Info

*Candy flies off the shelves at Halloween about 600 million pounds of it every season, including roughly 90 million pounds of chocolate, according to market researchers at Nielsen Co. More info

*In 2011, The National Confectioners Assn. surveyed adults, asking what they plan to sneak from the Halloween candy bowl. Almost half -- 41% -- admitted to plans to pocket some treats themselves. While respondents didn't say what they will grab, here's what they plan to stock the candy bowl with:
Chocolate (52%)
Hard candy and lollipops (30%)
Chewy or gummy candy (19%)
Gum (16%)
Caramel treats (14%) More info

*Best day to buy cheap Halloween costumes this year? November 1! Same as last year!

*Average Halloween costume cost: about $30.00. Suri Cruise's 2010 costume: $6,000

*Been buying sweets for the candy dish at work? Study says that's a great way to pack on 7 pounds per year. Video

*24.7 pounds: Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2010, Table 1,

*1,719: Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2009. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 County Business Patterns, NAICS code (53222)More than two-thirds (67.4%) of Halloween celebrants will buy Halloween costumes in 2014. Source

*Party-goers will spend $2.8 billion will be spent on Halloween costumes overall. Source

*$1.4 billion will be spent on adult costumes. $1.1 billion on children's costumes. Source

*Over $7.4 billion will be spent on Halloween products in 2014. Source

*50% of shoppers buy their Halloween items at discount stores. 25% of shoppers will buy their Halloween items at grocery stores.

*The average young adult (18-24) will spend $87 on Halloween activities in 2014. Source

*Spending on pet costumes alone is expected to reach $330 million in 2014. Source

*The average person will spend $77.52 for Halloween 2014. Source

*Total spending on Halloween 2014 will reach $7.4 billion. Source

*Consumers will celebrate Halloween 2014 in many different ways, but topping the list of planned activities is handing out candy (71.1%), while others will decorate their homes and yards (46.7%), and dress in costume (45.8%). One-third of Americans will be throw or attend a party (33.4%), which is up from last year (30.9%). Source

*In 2014 consumers will spend about $2.2 billion on candy or about $24.64 each.


*Of those buying or making Halloween costumes, the average person will spend $28.65 this year, up slightly from $26.52 in 2011.

*Afraid the trick or treaters are judging you? Is that why more people buy brand name candy then store brands? Source

*Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

*Are you average? The average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year! Source

*Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween - the same weight as 158 trillion individual Candy Corns. Source

*Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween - the same weight as 16 billion fun size Snickers Source

*Over 10% of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to Halloween Source

*Been buying sweets for the candy dish at work? Study says that's a great way to pack on 7 pounds per year.

*Of the $1.9 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, $1.2 billion was on chocolate candy. Source

*Of the $1.9 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, only $680 million was on sugar candy. Source

*The top selling Halloween candy: candy corn. Source

*Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of candy corn a year. Source

*After Candy Corn, the Halloween candy best sellers are: Snickers, Reese's, Kit Kat and M&M'S. Source

*Candy Corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google - more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins. Source

*Out of all 50 states, Alabama searched for candy corn the most online! Source

*The day of the year with the most candy sales? October 28th. Source

*Of all the 365 days in the year, the top five candy selling days are all in October. Source

*There are over 41 million potential trick or treaters out there (age 5-14). Source

*85.78 million households pass out candy for Halloween. Are you one of them? Source

*The average person eats 1.2 pounds of candy on Halloween!! What about you? Source

*Handing out candy is the most popular way of celebrating Halloween. What are you doing? Source

*Here are the he top 5 most played songs for Halloween: Source

*Anyone else going to watch It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown again this year?? Source

*Any guesses on how many years Halloween trick or treating has been going on? Guess high. Source

*$113 million: Value of pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin-producing states Source

*The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy. Source

*House egged during Halloween? Best products to use for cleanup should be highly alkaline, with a pH in the range of 11.5 to 12.5, such as Formula 409 All Purpose Cleaner. Source

*Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? Look for "candy buy-backs" often held by dentist offices looking to promote oral health awareness. Story

*Candy is big business. Pennsylvania had 9,995 jobs in 150 firms making chocolate, other candy or gum; Illinois had 7,400 jobs in 85 firms; and California had 6,550 jobs at 210 firms. Source

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