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Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and dressing in costumes.
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The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2018 — children ages 5 to 14.
The number of potential stops for trick-or-treaters to occupied housing units for the 2nd quarter of 2019.
The number of housing units where trick-or-treaters had to climb steps in order to fill their bags full of candy in 2017.
The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States in 2016.
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