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Haunted Halloween Facts & Figures

Consumers in the Midwest, which includes Missouri, plan to spend an average of $63.31 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations, candy, and greeting cards, according to Halloween Jack O'Lanternthe National Retail Federation. Total Halloween spending for 2008 is estimated to reach $5.77 billion, an increase from 2007. Over seventy-five percent of households plan to hand out treats this Halloween. Wow, that is a lot of treats!

2,309,626  
Estimated number of potential households in Missouri for trick or treaters
.

1,169,228

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


414,182

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

35 millionCandy Corn
Pounds of candy corn that will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.

90 Percent

Number of parents that said they sneak goodies from their kids' trick-or-treat bags.

24.5 Pounds
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2007. 

Missouri’s Top Rated Haunts Haunted House
Necropolis Haunted House, Columbia, MO and The Darkness, St. Louis, MO are two of the best haunted houses in Missouri and the USA, according to www.hauntedhouse.com.

$63.31
Average amount each Midwestern consumer plans to spend this year on Halloween costumes, decoration, candy and greeting cards.

Midwest Halloween Spending Plans

Handout Candy
Number one way Midwest consumers, including Missourians, plan to celebrate Halloween. Other popular ways to celebrate include decorating the home or yard, carving a pumpkin, and dressing in costumes.

Halloween Celebrations 2008

Halloween Pumpkin1,528 Pounds
The world record pumpkin grown in Oregon in 2008. The biggest pumpkins have about 800 seeds and consume 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water over a four-and-a-half month growing season.

$3.94
Average price of one pumpkin weighing 30 to 35 pounds at the North Missouri Produce Auction in Fortuna, MO in late September 2008.


43,200 Acres
Total acres of pumpkins planted and harvested in 2007. Top pumpkin production states are Illinois, California, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

Sources:
US Census Bureau 2006 American Community Survey
National Retail Federation
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
Haunted House.Com
Guiness Book of Records
(www.worldamazingrecords.com/2008/10/worlds-biggest-and-heaviest-pumpkin.html)
National Confectioner's Association
(www.candyusa.org/Candy/candycorn.asp)

 

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