Tuesday, September 21, 2010


   From pumpkin farmers to confectioners to costume shops and beyond, Halloween is big business in the U.S.--generating nearly $6 billion annually in retail sector alone.  We dig into the numbers to show where the big money is spent, on everything from national charities to neighborhood dentists.

  • 36 million-Number of trick-or-treat aged kids 5 to 13 in the U.S.

  • 93%-Percentage of children who get to dress up and go door to door.

  • $5.77 billion-Total spent in 2008 on Halloween, including candy, parties and witches' brew.

  • $140 million-Money Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised since 1950.

  • 51.8 million-Number of adults who don their sexy nurse, pimp or pirate outfits on Halloween.

  • 73.4%-Percentage of households that say they will dish out treats on Halloween (26.6%: Number of households just asking for a nasty trick)

  • 28%-Number of children, aged 2 to 5, who will get cavities.

  • 1.1 billion-Pounds of pumpkins decorated, turned into pie and smashed in the U.S. each year.


  • Jaws is still the Number 1 horror movie ever, with a worldwide gross of $470 million.

  • 37 Stephen King scary stories have been made into feature films.

  • Jamie Lee Curtis starred in 6 horror movies between 1978 and 1981, earning the nickname "THE SCREAM QUEEN."

  • 189 horror movies were released in 1972, the most prolific year in Hollywood for the genre.

  • The nightly wage for a zombie in 1978 was $1 ($3.55 adjusted for inflation), according to an extra who played one in that years Dawn of the Dead.

  • 4267 Roxbury St., the house in Simi Valley, Ca., where POLTERGEIST was filmed, was last sold in 1979, for $143,500 ($431,247 in todays money).  Zillow estimates the home's current value at $573,500.

  • The real-life Wisconsin grave robber and killer Ed Gein, who disembodied and skinned his victims in the 1950s, inspired three villians: Psycho's Norman Bates, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre's Leatherface, and The Silence of the Lamb's Buffalo Bill.  One 1 horror film has ever won an Oscar for best picture: The Silence of the Lambs, in 1991.

  • The 12 part FRIDAY THE 13TH film series has grossed a total of $380,637,525 at the U.S. box office, making it the top horror franchise in history.  (Only 5 of the 12 movies were released on Friday the 13th).

  • The 6 part Saw series has grossed $370,23,890.  The release of Saw VII in 3-D, on October 29, should push the franchise into the top-earner spot.

  • Count Dracula, the most-often portrayed character in horror, has been featured in 162 movies.