I was searching online and I happened upon a topic on History.com called Halloween by the Numbers.

Did you know that there was a pumpkin grown in 2010 that weighed 1,810 pounds?  Here is a reference to judge just how heavy that was.  It weighed as much as a dairy cow or roughly half the weight of a small car.


Super-sized pumpkins are attracting attention as scientists work with growers to make them even larger. Credit: David Hu | Georgia Institute of Technology
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2010-10-halloween-special-world-heaviest-pumpkin.html#jCp

Did you know that U.S. growers produce over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins per year.  That is more than twice the weight of hte Empire State Building.  The top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvannia, New York and Michigan.

Orange County Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

Orange County Great Park Pumpkin Harvest


A pumpkin is a member of the gourd family which includes cucumbers, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon and zucchini.  These foods are native to Central America and Mexico but are now grown on six continents.


46% of American adults carve a pumpkin for Halloween.


Each pumpkin contains about 500 seeds.  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.


In the United States there are 36 million children between the ages of 5 and 13 (prime trick-or-treating age group).

Trick-or-Treat at the White House

Trick-or-Treat at the White House

More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually.  That is about 9 billion pieces which is enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to-end.


Nearly 120 million Americans (children and adults) dress up in costumes for Halloween.


11.5% of Americans dress up their pets for Halloween.


50% of Americans decorate their yards for Halloween.


30% of kids report that they sort their cand after returning home from trick-or-treating.  (So true.  When I was a kid, I knew exactly how many chocolate bars I had :))


72% of adult Americans report handing out candy on Halloween.


90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bag.


The average American consumes 24 pounds of candy each year.  That’s equal to the weight of 2,366.5 Hershey’s Kisses.



2 responses

  1. deanabo says:

    Awesome stats!