Minnesota Halloween facts

Little ghouls, goblins and ghosties are getting ready for their big night out.  Halloween is coming up and kids are counting down the days until they can don their costumes for tricking and treating. Did you know that between costumes and candy, Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday, only trailing Christmas? Here are some more fun facts about Halloween.

  • Anoka, Minnesota is the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World.”  It hosted one of the first Halloween parades in 1920, and in 1937 Congress officially granted Anoka the title. City officials held the first parade in order to prevent mischief, such as turning over outhouses and letting cows loose, that had taken place in previous years.
  • Halloween is believed to have begun around 4000 BC, which means that the holiday has been celebrated for over 6000 years.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy, 24 percent non-chocolate candy and 10 percent prefer chewing gum.
  • In 2010, over the course of the year Americans ate an average of 24.7 pounds of candy per person.
  • Around 36 million kids are expected to go Trick or Treating.
  • October 30 is Candy Corn Day.

Whether you love to host a Halloween party or will be chasing after trick or treaters as they go door-to-door, hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!

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About Renee

I'm a married mom of two young children. I work part-time and do some freelance writing on the side. I love to read, play with my kids, cook, water ski, snow shoe, and run when the weather (and motivation) permits.
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