Fear­less facts about Hal­loween

Statis­tics Canada cel­e­brates Oct. 31 with in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery­thing from pump­kins and trick-or-treaters to candy and Hal­loween an­tics

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Features -

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.

TRICK-OR-TREATERS:

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.

JACK-O’-LANTERNS

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.

HAL­LOWEEN AP­PLES

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.

HAL­LOWEEN CANDY

$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.

ZOM­BIES

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.

TRICK­STERS

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.

DEVIL’S NIGHT

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

OF SATAN

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.

Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

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.

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