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Halloween By The Numbers

HALLOWEEN BY THE NUMBERS 46% of American adults carve a pumpkin for Halloween. A pumpkin grown in 2010 weighed 1,810 POUNDS -as much as a dairy cow or roughly half the weightof a small car. CO Each pumpkin contains about 500 U.S. growers produce over SEEDS. 1.5 BILLION POUNDS of pumpkins per year. That's more than twice the weight of the Empire State Building. Top pumpkin production states are Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, and zucchini. THESE PLANTS ARE NATIVE TO CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO, BUT NOW GROW ON SIX CONTIN√ČNTS. Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein and iron. 50% RIP of Americans decorate their yards for Halloween. There are - MILLION CHILDREN in the United States between the ages of 5 and 13-the prime trick-or-treating age group. 90% More than 35 MILLION POUNDS of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids' Halloween trick-or-treat bags. of candy corn are sold annually. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces- enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to-end. 30% of kids report that they sort their candy after returning home from trick-or-treating. Nearly The average 120 MILLION 11.5% AMERICANS 72% 9 24 POUNDS American consumes of Americans dress up their pet for Halloween. of candy each year. That's equal to the weight of 2,366.5 HERSHEY'S KISSES". of adult Americans (children and adults) dress up in costumes for Halloween. report handing out candy on Halloween. A COLLABORATION BETWEEN HISTORY.COM AND COLUMN FIVE SOURCES US CENSUS BUREAU, NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION, AGMRC (AGRICULTURAL MARKETING RESOURCE CENTER), GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS, NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION

Halloween By The Numbers

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From pumpkins to candy costumes, get the facts on Halloween by the numbers.

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