12 fun facts about Halloween that may surprise you

Neighbourhoods in Queens, New York, get in the Halloween spirit. John Nacion/AP

Halloween, which first became popular in the US during the 1800s, has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, including candy, movies, haunted experiences, and creepy costumes.

WalletHub shared a study with Insider in 2019 that breaks down Halloween by the numbers, such as how much money people spend on the holiday, how many kids are expected to dress as princesses, and the most popular Halloween costume for your pets.

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The first citywide Halloween celebration took place in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1921.

Three girls amuse each other with their masked costumes as they prepare for Halloween festivities in 1929. Felix Koch/Cincinnati Museum Centre/Getty Images

According to WalletHub, the best place to celebrate is usually New York City, based on the fun activities on offer, the weather, and “trick-or-treater friendliness.”

This year, parents are getting creative with how to celebrate safely.

In a normal year, 68% of Americans celebrate Halloween, according to WalletHub.

People in costumes participate in the annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City in 2018. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

According to WalletHub, that was the number that planned to celebrate in 2019. Even though celebrations may look different this year, there are still some safe ways to celebrate.

And while it’s a huge industry, with a projected $US8.8 billion spent last year, not everyone spends mega bucks.

Visitors enjoy picking their own pumpkins at Rock Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Broomfield, Colorado. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The record for Halloween spending – $US9.1 billion – was in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation.

In fact, 76% of Americans spend $US50 or less to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.

Rande Gerber and George Clooney attend the Casamigos Halloween party on October 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Casamigos

Probably not the 32% of Americans who threw a Halloween party last year, though.

Of that $US8.8 billion, $US2.6 billion was spent on candy for the estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters last year.

Trick or treat? Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The first documented use of “trick or treat” was in 1927.

But not all that candy goes to the kids — 72% of parents have admitted to stealing their children’s candy.

People trick or treat in a Brooklyn, New York, neighbourhood on Halloween 2015. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The most popular candies in the US are:

  1. Skittles
  2. Reese’s Cups
  3. M&M’s
  4. Snickers
  5. Starburst

At least $US3.2 billion was spent on costumes last year.

Some superhero costumes to choose from. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Costumes have definitely become more elaborate over the years.

Last year, 1.3 million children were expected to dress as witches, 2.4 million as superheroes, and 3.1 million as princesses.

Two girls wearing princess costumes at the Halloween Festival at Jose Marti Park. Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

If you want to help your child be a little more creative, here are some ideas.

Meanwhile, among adults, there were 2 million vampires and 5 million witches stalking the streets last year.

A person dressed as a witch. Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images

Still not sure what you want to be this year? We can help.

Animals won’t miss out on the fun — 17% of Americans dress their pets in costumes.

Witch costumes are popular for pups, too. AP

The most popular costumes last year for pets were pumpkins, hot dogs, superheroes, and bumblebees, according to WalletHub.

The record for the longest walk-through haunted house is 7,183 feet, 8.4 inches — nearly a mile and a half.

Dragon’s House of Horror in Albuquerque. Facebook/Dragon’s House of Horror

It’s held by Dragon’s House of Horror in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

But if haunted houses aren’t your speed, you could always check out a scary movie. In 2018, horror movies made $US902 million at the US box office.

‘Annabelle.’ New Line Cinema

Here are some of the terrifying true stories that your favourite horror movies are based on.