10 fun facts based on numbers about the spooky festival

Halloween: 10 facts about the spooky festival

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • US Halloween spending could hit an all-time high of $10.14 billion in 2022, data shows
  • This year, Minnesota horticulture professor Travis Gienger grew a giant 2,000-pound pumpkin to carve into a jack-o’-lantern.
  • On average, US citizens buy about 600 million pounds (2,72,155,422 kg) of candy for Halloween
Halloween is fast approaching and preparations are in full swing. While people are busy planning theme parties, buying costumes and candy, here are some fun facts about the spooky festival you need to know:

10 facts about Halloween:

1. When did the Halloween holiday start? Halloween festivities began 2,000 years ago as Samhain. It took place in England and Ireland on November 1 of the 8th century. The tradition then evolved under the name Toussaint. All Saints’ Eve was called All Hallows Eve, which eventually became Halloween.
2. Halloween is mainly celebrated in three countries: the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, according to the World Population Review.

3. In 1958, the White House was first decorated for Halloween. Grandma Eisenhower decorated the White House for a Halloween for the first time.

4. According to data collected in 2022, US citizens are expected to spend an average of $100 (about INR 8,828) on Halloween costumes, sweets, decorations and greeting cards.

5. About 73.1 million Americans under the age of 18 celebrated Halloween in 2020, according to data from the US Census Bureau.

6. According to the National Retail Federation of the United States, Halloween spending in the United States could reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion in 2022.

7. On average, US citizens purchase approximately 600 million pounds (2,72,155,422 kg) of candy.

8. The heaviest jack-o’-lantern in the world: The heaviest jack-o’-lantern in the world weighed 2,350 pounds (1,065.94 kg) and was recognized by Guinness World Records in California in 2020.

9. This year, Minnesota horticulture professor Travis Gienger grew a giant 2,000-pound pumpkin to turn it into a jack-o’-lantern.

10. Halloween is celebrated in no less than 13 countries, including Colombia, Germany and China, and is gaining popularity in another 23 countries, including Australia, Japan and Sweden.