Some fun Halloween facts.
- In 2012 there were 41 million potential trick-or-treaters across the U.S.
- In 2012 47,800 acres of pumpkins were harvested
- The top 6 pumpkin-producing states are Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.
- The self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World” is Anoka, Minnesota. It was one of the first cities in the U.S. to hold a Halloween celebration that discouraged playing tricks.
- The origin of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of the dead – Samhain (pronounced SOW-in).
As you prepare for this Halloween, take time to keep your children and yourself safe. Here are some tips:
- Make sure costumes are flame resistant
- If you use face paint, be sure it is lead-free
- Carry a flashlight trick-or-treating
- Wear a light colored costume or add reflective tape to your costume
- Trick-or-treat with a responsible adult
For mote Halloween tidbits and safety tips go to http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Halloween.shtml.