Fearless facts about Halloween
Statistics Canada celebrates Oct. 31 with information on everything from pumpkins and trick-or-treaters to candy and Halloween antics
OTTAWA — The annual celebration of ghosts and witches will be in full swing today, as kids make the rounds of their neighbourhoods in pursuit of holiday treats.
In honour of Halloween, Statistics Canada has rolled out some facts and figures on everything from pumpkins to zombies to give Canadians a better understanding of some familiar items and characteristics associated with the holiday.
3,807,039 — The number of children in Canada of prime trick-or-treating age, five to 14 years old, in 2008, down from the previous year. This is the lowest turnout since 1990.
12,435,520 — The number of private dwellings across Canada in 2006 where children might be able to receive treats.
2,634 hectares — The estimated area of pumpkins harvested in Canada in 2009.
2,317 — The number of farms with pumpkin patches in Canada according to the 2006 Census.
65,840 tonnes — The amount of pumpkins and squash produced in Canada in 2008.
6.85 kg — The average amount of fresh apples eaten by each person in Canada in 2008.
393,435 tonnes — The marketed production of apples in Canada in 2008, with a farm gate value of $174.5 million.
$317 million — The spike in monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack food sales at large retailers in October 2008. December was the month with the highest monthly sales in 2008, $394 million.
$255 million — The average monthly sales of candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers in 2008.
These people are not really zombies a but close!
3.3 million — The estimated number of Canadians aged 15 or older who had problems going to sleep or staying asleep (insomnia) in 2002.
We don’t know if these delinquent acts were committed at Halloween . . .
1 out of 5 — The proportion of middle-school students in Toronto who reported that they had committed at least one delinquent act in 2006.
There is a general increase in the number of criminal incidents reported to police at Halloween (compared with the previous week). Data are provided by 155 police services representing 98 per cent of the population of Canada.
49 per cent — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported during Halloween 2008 that were violations against property.
18 per cent — The proportion of criminal incidents reported during Halloween 2008 that were violations against the person.
20 per cent — The percentage increase in violent offences, such as robbery, aggravated assault, assaults causing bodily harm and assaults against police officers, reported during Halloween 2008 compared to a week earlier.
11 per cent — The percentage increase in property violations, including general mischief and arson, reported to police during Halloween 2008 compared to a week earlier.
0 per cent — The percentage change in Criminal Code traffic violations reported during Halloween 2008 compared to a week earlier.
WITCHES AND WORSHIPPERS
850 — The number of Canadians who reported they were Satanists in 2001. This was up from 340 in 1991.
9,575 — The number of Canadians who reported their religion as Wicca in 2001.
SOME CREEPY CANADIAN PLACE NAMES
Axe Point, Black Cape, Black Water, Bloodvein, Bloodvein River, Bone Creek, Bone Town, Burnt Arm, Burnt Church, Burnt Head, Butchers, Coffin Cove, Dead Creek, Dead Islands, Deadman’s Bay, Deadmans Cove, Dead Man’s Flats, Deadmans Harbour, Deadtree Point, Deception Lake, Destruction Bay, Devil’s Gate, Devils Island, Devils Kitchen, Goblin, Ghost Lake, Ghost Pine Creek, Ghost River, Gore, Gore Bay, Grave Flats, Hatchet Cove, Hatchet Harbour, Hatchet Lake, Hitchcock, Isle aux Morts, L’Anseau-Diable, La Roche-duDiable, L’Ile-aux-Fantomes, Lonely Lake, Lost River, Phantom Beach, Pirate Harbour, Point au Mal, Poison Creek, Rapides-duDiable, Ruisseau-Noir, Salem, Skull Creek, Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow Road Trailer Park, Snake River, Spirit Lake, Spirit River.
Jet Trainor, son of Kelli and Jeff Trainor, and Kinley Good, daughter of Lauri Anne and Kent Good, are ready for Halloween at Zion Kindergarten in Charlottetown. Statistics Canada says there are more than 3.8 million children of prime trick-or-treating age in Canada.