Halloween: 10 facts about the spooky festival
- 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
10 facts about Halloween:
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.
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.