Creepy Calculations: 2013 Halloween Statistics [Infographic]

by |October 15, 2013
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2013 creepy calculations

You probably don’t hear the phrase, “Trick or Stats” on Halloween much, but we like to think that candy & costume statistics are as enjoyable as sorting out color-coded piles of M&Ms. Halloween continues to be one of the biggest holidays year after year, and these are just a few things we’ve tracked, tasted, gathered, and compiled to show you just how big Halloween REALLY is. No tricks here… just sweet,delicious, precise facts! Check out our infographic for the heaviest pumpkin in the world, best places to trick-or-treat, the trendiest costumes of the year and more.


Creepy Calculations: 2013 Halloween Statistics


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Halloween Statistics 2013 Creepy Calculations Transcript


How Adults Plan to Celebrate Halloween

Throw a Party: 30.9%

Hand Out Candy: 72%

Carve a Pumpkin: 44.2%

Take Children Trick-Or-Treating: 31.7%

Decorate Home or Yard: 47.5%

Dress in Costume: 43.6%


When Americans Begin Shopping for Halloween...

Begin Shopping Before September 30th: 32.8%

Begin Shopping the First Two Weeks of October: 43.6%

Wait Until the Final Two Weeks of the Month: 23.6%


Costume Inspiration...

Get Inspiration Searching for Costume Ideas Online: 32.9%

Take to the Stores for Their Inspiration: 32.8%

Will Use Facebook for Inspiration: 14.1%

Will Find Their Costume Inspiration on Pinterest: 9.3%

Will Search for the Perfect Costume on Blogs: 3.8%


How Much Americans Spend on Costumes For...

Adults: $1.22 billion

Kids: $$1.04 billion

Pets: $330 million


2013 Halloween Costume Trends


White Stealth Ninja

Cross-Eyed Carlie Monster


Camo Trooper

Headless Horseman


Duck Dynasty Uncle Si

Enchanting Belle

Purple Posh Monster

Walter White Toxic Suit

Sexy Deadly Ninja



Wooly Mammoth





Do It Yourself

It would take 1,333,620,967 pieces of candy corn to go around the world ONCE.


Top 15 Most Popular Halloween Candies

(According to a national survey based on 2012 sales and 2013 projections.)

#1: M&M's

#2: Reese's

#3: Hershey's

#4: Snickers

#5: Kit Kat

#6: Twix

#7: Twizzlers

#8: Skittles

#9: Dove

#10: 3 Musketeers

#11: Starburst

#12: Milky Way

#13: Butterfinger

#14: Hershey's Kisses

#15: Tic Tac


Best (and Worst) Cities for Trick-Or-Treating


San Ramon, CA: America's Wealthiest City

New York, NY: America's Most Populous City

Phoenix, AZ: Warmest Average October Weather

El Paso, TX: America's Safest City


Detroit, MI: America's Most Dangerous City

Fairbanks, AL: Coldest Average October Weather


Guinness World Record: Heaviest Pumpkin

2009lbs. Record Set by Ron Wallace of Greene, RI in 2012


Looking for Halloween Entertainment Ideas?

Popular Songs

1. Thriller, Michael Jackson

2. Monster Mash, Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

3. Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.

4. Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon

5. A Nightmare on My Street, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Popular Films

1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock

2. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott

3. The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick

4. The Thing (1982) John Carpenter

5. Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg


Turn On Your Television

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has been shown every Halloween since its debut in 1966. This will be the 47th year it has aired.


Popular Books

Amazon's most popular horror books from October 2013

1. The Walking Dead: Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn and Tony Moore

2. Magic Rises (Kate Daniels) by Llona Andrews

3. Watchers by Dean Koontz

4. The Remaining: Fractured by D.J. Molles

5. Into the Hollow (Experiment in Terror) by Karina Halle


Popular Games

IMDb's top horror games

1. Dead Space 2, 2011

2. Dead Space, 2008

3. Bioshock, 2007

4. F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon, 2005

5. Resident Evil 4, 2005


The Modern History of Trick-Or-Treating

1895, Scotland: Earliest record of children "guising" on Halloween—going door-to-door disguised in costume collecting treats

1911, Ontario: First record of guising in North America

1919, Massachusetts: Process similar to trick-or-treating described in Ruth Edna Kelly's book, Hallowe'en in America

1927, Alberta: Earliest recorded use of the term "trick-or-treat"

1939, United States: Earliest use of the term "trick-or-treat" in a national publication



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Creepy Calculations: 2013 Halloween Statistics [VIDEO VERSION]

You can also view this video version of the Creepy Calculations infographic for added fun. The animated section about the world's largest pumpkin quickly became the favorite part of the video for everyone on the team. Enjoy these statistics again in animated form!

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