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.