Skip to main content

Halloween by the numbers

By Amy Roberts, CNN Library
October 30, 2012 -- Updated 1554 GMT (2354 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Consumers will spend $8 billion this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation
  • 41 million children will go trick-or-treating, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
  • "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" premiered 46 years ago

(CNN) -- $8 billion: Total Halloween consumer spending expected for 2012.

71.5: Percent of Americans who plan on celebrating Halloween this year.

41 million: Potential trick-or-treaters ages 5-14.

$79.82: Amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations.

Pet costumes are big business
First lady talks trick-or-treating

Homemade costume ideas

25.9: Percent of Americans who said the economy could affect how much they end up spending on their Halloween gear and party plans this year.

46: Years since the premiere of the classic TV special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

12.7: Percent of pets that will dress up like a pumpkin, the number one costume this year for scary cats and dogs.

Gallery: Pooches dressed up for Halloween

9.5: Percent of adults who plan to be a witch this Halloween.

1,200: Estimated number of haunted houses (that charge admission!) in the United States.

12: "Friday the 13th" movies starring hockey-mask wearing bad guy Jason Voorhees. (10 Friday the 13ths, 1 Freddy vs Jason, and 1 remake of the original Friday the 13th.)

$410.6 million: Box office earnings of horror movies in 2011.

35 million: Pounds of candy corn produced each year, according to the National Confectioners Association.

11: Percent of respondents who told Gallup.com in 2006 they had objections to Halloween on religious grounds.

Sources: National Retail Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau, Haunted House Association, IMDB, The Numbers, CandyUSA and Gallup.

Like CNN Living on Facebook.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT