Here’s a little something light for your Friday afternoon: The crack statisticians at theÂ Census Bureau have pulled together some figures estimating what Halloween might bring next Friday night, such as:
â€¢36 million potential trick-or-treaters. That’s how many kids between the ages ofÂ 5 and 13 are estimated to be in this country, but it doesn’t take into account immature adults — like this reporter — who might try to score some candy anyway. And those trick-or-treaters will visit…
â€¢110 million occupied households in the United States.Â All of which had better be stocked with something good, unless they like cleaning up eggs and toilet paper.
â€¢Almost 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns and pie. And where should you go to find the perfect pumpkin to carve? Illinois, which grew 542 million pounds of pumpkin in 2007.
â€¢24.5 pounds of candy. That’s how much the average American eats each year, but many trick-or-treaters will easily top that.
â€¢And North Carolina seems to be the ideal state to celebrate Halloween. The Census Bureau points out that the Tarheel State is the home of Transylvania County, a city called Pumpkin Center, and not one, but two Cape Fears.
Sadly, the Census Bureau doesn’t estimate how many hapless trick-or-treaters might get the Charlie Brown treatment: rocks.