MERIC NEWS LETTER


Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Halloween Fun & Spending Facts

More than 179 million Americans are planning to join in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million last year. Spending is projected to reach a record high in the National Retail Federations (NRF) and Prosper and Analytics' survey history. This year, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2016.

Consumers across the Midwest plan to spend $78.48 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations, candy, and greeting cards, according to the National Retail Federation, slightly less than the national average of $86.13.

2,372,190
Estimated number of potential households in Missouri for trick or treaters.

1,149,277
Estimated number of all potential trick or treaters in Missouri (under the age of 15).


416,251

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

October 30
The day before Halloween is National Candy Corn Day. Candy corn was first made in the 1880's.


Witch
Top adult costume

Super Hero or Action Hero
Number one costume for children

Pumpkin
Number one costume for pets


16%
The percentage of people that will dress their pet in a costume for Halloween.


24
The number of Costume Rental Stores in Missouri.


Missouri Haunted Houses:
Fear Fest, Paranormal Haunts, Haunted Places, and the Missouri Prison Paranormal Tour.
From insane asylums to haunted houses, there is an array of frightful features in Missouri to visit.

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.



36
Number of chocolate and non-chocolate candy manufacturers in Missouri (NAICS 311351, 311352 and 311340).

56
Number of candy and nut stores in Missouri employing 310 workers making an average weekly wage of $371.46 (NAICS 445292).


Chocolate
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 (2017) was raised in Belgium and weighed in at 2,624 lbs.


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
3 PENNSYLVANIA 6,188
4 CALIFORNIA 6,175
5 MICHIGAN 5,997
6 OHIO 4,452
7 INDIANA 3,518
8 TEXAS 2,860
9 WISCONSIN 2,736
10 NORTH CAROLINA 2,514
22 MISSOURI 1,043

 



Sources:

US Census
National Retail Federation

http://www.candyusa.com/
ReferenceUSA
QCEW 2nd Quarter 2017

2012 Agriculture Census
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center's Association
https://www.washingtonpost.com



 

Contact Us                                    MERIC Home