Trick or Treat by the numbers

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 5:45 PM

It isn't like the Census Bureau has run out of things to count, but pumpkins?

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A long line of costumed guests waited for the opening of ZooBoo at Como Zoo in St. Paul October 21, 2012.

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The nation's head-counter agency each year actually puts out facts-somewhat-worth-knowing for a number of special occasions, such as Unmarried and Single Americans Week (Sorry, you missed it -- Sept. 16-22).

Now, about Halloween:

710,000

Potential Minnesota trick-or-treaters -- children ages 5 to 14 -- although other kids and their parents could be on the prowl.

2.1 million

Number of Minnesota housing units -- potential stops for trick-or-treaters. That includes those occupied by fuddy-duddies huddled in their basements with the lights turned off.

$113 million

Value of pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin-producing states: Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Minnesota produces only about 2 percent of the national crop.

1,155

Companies that make chocolate and cocoa products, employing 35,074 people.

WHERE TO GO

There's Anoka, the Halloween Capitol of the World by virtue of a 1937 declaration by Congress. But you'll get more bragging rights by going to Transylvania County, N.C., or Skull Creek, Neb.

WARREN WOLFE

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