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Fun Halloween facts

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With All Hallow’s Eve (that’s a fancy way of saying Halloween) just a week away, we thought we’d share with you some goofy — not ghoulish — fun facts about Halloween.

●Trick-or-treaters: There are about
36 million kids ages 5 to 13 in the United States, and more than 93 percent of them report going trick-or-treating.

●Percentage of kids saying these were their f avorite treats:

Chocolate: 68 percent.

Lollipops: 9 percent.

Gummy candy: 7 percent.

Gum: 6 percent.

●What’s the first thing you do with your candy after you get home:

Sort it: 30 percent.

Savor it: 20 percent. (We think this is a fancy way of saying “eat it!”)

Share it: 16 percent.

Stash it: 14 percent. (Just don’t forget where you hid it!)

Swap it: 7 percent. (I’ll take those Butterfingers!)

Beware the thieving mom or dad: 90 percent of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ trick-or-treat bags!

●Do you like candy corn? More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces, enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end to end.

●How many pumpkins do you have? The nation produced 931 million pounds of pumpkins in 2009. Illinois is the leading pumpkin-producing state. (Go figure!)

Frightful places to spend Halloween: Transylvania County, North Carolina; Tombstone, Arizona; Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas; Skull Creek, Nebraska.

Sources: Census Bureau, National Confectioners Association. Figures are from 2009.

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