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Government Documents Celebrate Halloween

Did you know that…

Pumpkins
…there are over 41 million potential trick-or-treaters in the U.S.?
…Illinois produces most of the almost 900 million pounds of pumpkins each year? Ohio ranks 5th.
…there is only one place in the U.S. with ‘pumpkin’ in its name: Pumpkin Center, North Carolina?

Find more Halloween facts at the Census Bureau’s Halloween page.


Many of the gizmos and gadgets that arrive in stores each Halloween season are patented inventions. For example:

See these and more at the United States Patent Office Little Shop of Patent and Trademark Horrors.


If you’re wondering what the usual weather is for Halloween in Cincinnati, take a look at these temperatures for October 31st from past years, according to the government climatological reports:

YearHighLowRain
200169°42°None
200068°40°None
199975°51°None
199862°53°None
199766°45°None
199649°30°None
199564°48°None

If the pattern holds, we’ll have another cool and dry Halloween in 2002! (If you’re hoping for a full moon, you have a long wait. The last Halloween with a full moon was in 1974 and there isn’t another one predicted until beyond 2015.)