Hallowe'en... by the numbers

2016

Monday, October 31 is Hallowe'en!

Here is a selection of statistics related to the spooky occasion.

(Last updated: October 21, 2016)


Trick or Treat!

  • 3,870,938 — The estimated number of children in Canada of prime trick-or-treating age—5 to 14 years old—in 2016, up 1.4% from 2015.
Children in Canada of prime trick-or-treating age, 1985 to 2016
Year Number of children aged 5 to 14
1985 3,656,755
1986 3,644,483
1987 3,668,322
1988 3,706,408
1989 3,759,792
1990 3,798,425
1991 3,837,118
1992 3,879,007
1993 3,912,389
1994 3,950,525
1995 3,989,627
1996 4,025,253
1997 4,061,377
1998 4,087,060
1999 4,091,769
2000 4,093,975
2001 4,097,223
2002 4,103,922
2003 4,087,317
2004 4,047,468
2005 3,989,995
2006 3,921,013
2007 3,868,350
2008 3,823,455
2009 3,789,435
2010 3,751,079
2011 3,728,597
2012 3,728,090
2013 3,750,563
2014 3,783,644
2015 3,816,476
2016 3,870,938

See also: Canada's population estimates: Age and sex, July 1, 2016, The Daily, Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

  • 13.3 million — The number of private dwellings across Canada in 2011 where children might be able to nab some treats… or could get into some mischief!

Source: 2011 Census: Population and dwelling counts, The Daily, Wednesday, February 8, 2012.


Jack-o'-lanterns and squash

A big part of Hallowe'en is the hollowed-out and carved pumpkin known as the Jack-o'-lantern. Decorating with squash and gourds has also become increasingly popular. These autumn favourites can also be eaten! Pumpkin spice beverage or pumpkin pie, anyone?

  • 2,239 — The number of farms in Canada with pumpkin patches according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.
  • 2,806 — The number of farms in Canada with squash and zucchini patches according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.

Source: CANSIM, table 004-0215.

  • 2,586 hectares — The approximate land area on which pumpkins were harvested in Canada in 2015.
  • $21.3 million — The estimated farm-gate value of these pumpkins in 2015.
  • 63,945 tonnes — The marketed production of pumpkins in Canada in 2015.
  • 2,872 hectares — The approximate land area on which squash and zucchini were harvested in Canada in 2015.
  • $29.7 million — The estimated farm-gate value of squash and zucchini in 2015.
  • 44,253 tonnes — The marketed production of squash and zucchini in Canada in 2015.

Source: CANSIM, table 001-0013.

  • 1.06 kg — The amount of fresh pumpkin and squash available as food for consumption per capita in Canada in 2015. (Data adjusted for retail, household, cooking and plate loss.)

Source: CANSIM, table 002-0011.


Hallowe'en apples

In some parts of Canada, "Hallowe'en apples!" is the exclamation used in the little goblins' quest for candy. In some francophone regions, trick-or-treaters must sing a song for their reward!

  • 7.2 kg — The amount of fresh apples available as food for consumption per capita in Canada in 2015. (Data adjusted for retail, household, cooking and plate loss.)

Source: CANSIM, table 002-0011.

  • 338,163 tonnes — The marketed production of apples grown in Canada in 2015.
  • $181.5 million — The estimated farm-gate value of apples grown in Canada in 2015.

Source: CANSIM, table 001-0009.


Dressed to thrill

Dressing up for special occasions and costume parties—a big part of Hallowe'en!

  • 158 — The total number of businesses engaged in formal wear and costume rental in Canada in June 2016.

Source: CANSIM, tables 552-0004 and 553-0004.

  • $48.7 million — The value of "vestments and costumes" (including theatrical and other costumes and ecclesiastical vestments) manufactured in Canada in 2014.

Source: Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade Division.


Scary movies

Hallowe'en is a favourite time to watch films of the horror genre.

  • 91.0 million — The number of tickets sold at cinemas (including indoor theatres, drive-ins and film festivals) in Canada in 2014.
  • 2,502 — The number of screens in use in Canada in 2014.

Source: Motion picture theatres, 2014, The Daily, Friday, February 19, 2016.


Mummy couture

  • $66.6 million — The value of "surgical and therapeutic supplies…" (including bandages) manufactured in Canada in 2014.

Source: Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade Division.


R.I.P.

  • $166.1 million — The value of caskets and coffins manufactured in Canada in 2014.

Source: Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade Division.


Quiet professionals

  • 4,535 — The number of funeral directors and embalmers in Canada in 2011. Of this number, 2,990 were men and 1,545 were women.

Source: 2011 National Household Survey: Data tables, Occupation.

  • 14,778 — The total number of employees in the funeral services industry in Canada in 2015.

Source: CANSIM, table 281-0024.


Hallowe'en candy

Candy—the reward for trick or treating!

(Data are unadjusted.)

  • $418.8 million — The value of monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in October 2015. December, however, was the month with the highest monthly sales in 2015, at $478.5 million.
  • $318.3 million — The average monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in 2015.

Source: CANSIM, table 080-0009.

  • 9% — The percentage of sugar consumed by children derived from confectionary items (chocolate bars, candies).
  • 10% — The percentage of sugar consumed by adolescents derived from confectionary items (chocolate bars, candies).
  • 5% — The percentage of sugar consumed by adults derived from confectionary items (chocolate bars, candies).

Source: Sugar consumption among Canadians of all ages, Health Reports, September 2011.

  • 17.2 kg — The amount of refined sugar available as food for consumption per capita in Canada in 2015. (Data adjusted for retail, household, cooking and plate loss.)
  • 0.2 kg — The amount of maple sugar available as food for consumption per capita in Canada in 2015. (Data adjusted for retail, household, cooking and plate loss.)
  • 0.9 kg — The amount of honey available as food for consumption per capita in Canada in 2015. (Data adjusted for retail, household, cooking and plate loss.)

Source: CANSIM, table 002-0011.


Devil's night

There is a general increase in the number of criminal incidents reported to police on October 31, compared with October 24.
Note: Data are provided by police services representing 99% of the population of Canada.

  • 7.1% — The percentage increase in the number of criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe'en 2015 (October 31, 2015), compared with a week earlier (October 24, 2015).
  • 50.5% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe'en 2015 that were violations against property.
  • 17.3% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe'en 2015 that were violations against the person.
  • 17.4% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe'en 2015 that were Other Criminal Code violations.
  • 9.0% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe'en 2015 that were Criminal Code Traffic violations.
  • 4.9% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe'en 2015 that were Drug violations.

Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.


Places in Canada that may give you the creeps

Visit these places using the Census Profile and the NHS Profile... if you dare!

  • Axe Point
  • Bad Heart
  • Baie-du-Tonnerre
  • Blackwater
  • Bloodvein
  • Bone Creek
  • Bone Town
  • Burnt Arm
  • Burnt Church
  • Burnt Head
  • Burnt Hill
  • Butchers
  • Coffin Cove
  • Coffin Point
  • Cut Knife
  • Dead Creek
  • Dead Islands
  • Deadman's Bay
  • Deadmans Cove
  • Deadmans Harbour
  • Deadtree Point
  • Deception Lake
  • Destruction Bay
  • Devil's Gate
  • Devils Island
  • Devils Kitchen
  • Dragon
  • Enchant
  • Ghost Lake
  • Ghost Pine Creek
  • Ghost River
  • Giants Glen
  • Goblin
  • Gore
  • Gore Bay
  • Grave Flats
  • Hatchet Cove
  • Hatchet Harbour
  • Hatchet Lake
  • Hells Gate
  • Hidden Valley
  • Hitchcock
  • Isle aux Morts
  • Jardins-Loup-Garou
  • La Corne
  • La Fourche
  • La Roche-du-Diable
  • Lac La Hache
  • Lac-au-Sorcier
  • Lac-des-Eaux-Mortes
  • L'Anse-au-Diable
  • Le Chaudron
  • Le Grand-Brûlé
  • Le Lac-Sombre
  • Legend
  • L'Île-aux-Chats
  • L'Île-aux-Fantômes
  • L'Île-Enchanteresse
  • L'Isle-Maligne
  • Lonely Lake
  • Lost River
  • Magic Lake Estates
  • Malignant Cove
  • Moonbeam
  • Moonstone
  • Mouse Island
  • Mystic
  • Night
  • Owl Creek
  • Owl River
  • Owls Head Harbour
  • Passes-Dangereuses
  • Peekaboo Point
  • Phantom Beach
  • Pirate Harbour
  • Point au Mal
  • Point Enragée
  • Poison Creek
  • Pumpkin Point
  • Rapides-du-Diable
  • Rat Rapids
  • Rat River
  • Rivière-au-Tonnerre
  • Rivière-du-Loup
  • Rivière-Windigo
  • Ruisseau-Noir
  • Salem
  • Serpent River
  • Shadow Lake
  • Skull Creek
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Sleepy Hollow Road Trailer Park
  • Snake Creek
  • Snake Falls
  • Snake River
  • Spirit Lake
  • Spirit River
  • Val-Ombreuse
  • Wick
  • Wolf
  • Wolf Creek
  • Woods
  • Wreck Cove

Source: Geography Division.

See also: Census Geography.


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