Frightful Halloween Facts
With temperatures falling and the nights growing longer, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts across America are preparing for our second-largest commercial holiday: Halloween. With this frightful day fast approaching, here are some fun facts and stats that are sure to please even the most realistically costumed trivia trolls.
- Candy consumers: During an 8 week period prior to this Halloween, consumers spent $4.6 billion on candy, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).1
- For the birds: The Wunderlee Candy Company, began mass-producing Candy Corn in the early 1900s, but it was originally called Chicken Feed due to its characteristic white, orange, and yellow stripes which are supposed to resemble a corn kernel.2
- Don’t forget the costumes: Last year, Americans spent over $8 billion, or a rough average of $92 per person, on costumes, decorations, and candy combined.1
- Tootsie Rolls & the Armed Forces: Tootsie Rolls were included in soldiers' field rations during World War II. In addition to being a sweet treat, they were sometimes used to patch small holes in vehicles and equipment in a pinch.2
Regardless of how you’ll be spending the holiday, or how much candy you may be enjoying, we hope you have a safe and fun All Hallows’ Eve. Feel free to share these fun facts with your friends and family too. Who knows, you might just give them “pumpkin” to talk about!
- Rd.com, October 4, 2021
- Goodhousekeeping.com, October 22, 2021