(Photos: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
We go all out for candy, costumes, and pumpkins but how much do we spend, and how many of us celebrate? Here’s a look at the most recent numbers, courtesy of Statistics Canada.
- $397.7 million — The value of monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in October 2014. December, however, was the month with the highest monthly sales in 2014, at $460.8 million.
- $305.3 million — The average monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in 2014.
- 3,816,018 — The estimated number of children in Canada of prime trick-or-treating age—5 to 14 years old—in 2015, up 0.8% from 2014.
- 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
- 2,239 — The number of farms in Canada with pumpkin patches according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.
- 2,637 hectares — The approximate land area on which pumpkins were harvested in Canada in 2014.
- $23.2 million — The estimated farm-gate value of these pumpkins in 2014.
- 64,736 tonnes — The marketed production of pumpkins in Canada in 2014.
CLOTHES MAKE A COSTUME
- 182 — The number of businesses engaged in formal wear and costume rental in Canada in 2014.
- $47.8 million — The value of “vestments and costumes” (including theatrical and other costumes and ecclesiastical vestments) manufactured in Canada in 2012.
SIX FEET UNDER
- $67.7 million — The value of wood burial caskets and coffins manufactured in Canada in 2012.