The History Channel created an elegant infographic about Halloween (yes, elegant – look at the colors!) detailing everything from the number of children who trick or treat, to the weight of all the pumpkins grown in the U.S.
But some of the data used in the graphic is not current. According to U.S. Census data, there are now almost 37 million children ages 5-13 available for trick-or-treating, and producers grew 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin this year (with Illinois leading the nation). Our candy consumption is up to almost 25 pounds a year now, and according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) and BIGresearch Americans will spend $72.31 on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy in 2011, up 9% from $66.28 last year.