With Halloween just around the dark, spooky corner, let's take a look at some of the numbers behind the holiday. Try not to get too scared.

12.3 million

Number of views the "Monster Mash" has generated on YouTube (as of Friday morning). That's 2.6 million more than last year.

40 to 1

Rate at which Donald Trump masks are outselling Hillary Clinton masks at Halloween Adventure in Manhattan, the New York Post reports.


Price of the Donna T. Rumpshaker costume (aka sexy Donald Trump) on Yandy.com. "Making America Great" hat ($9) and wig ($11) sold separately.


Size of what I call the "costume spending gap." Men spend about $10 more on costumes, on average, than women do.


Number of states where candy corn is the most popular Halloween candy. Reese's or Reese's Pieces are the most popular treat in four states.

1.2 billion

Pounds of pumpkins sold every year in the United States, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

3 million

Number of kids who will dress up as superheroes, the most popular costume category according to the National Retail Federation. Superheroes dethroned princess costumes, which were the most popular category for the last 11 years.


Average amount expected to be spent by the 171 million Americans who will celebrate Halloween this year. More than $3 billion is expected to be spent on Halloween costumes nationwide.


Rank held by political costumes, in terms of which costume category is most popular among Halloween celebrants over the age of 35.

600 million

Pounds of candy sold every year for Halloween, coming out to $1.9 billion spent on candy.

69.1 percent

Portion of Americans planning to celebrate Halloween. That's up 5 percentage points from 2015, but still below the 71.5 percent record set in 2012. About 71 percent of those celebrating will hand out candy, while only 47 percent plan to dress up in costume.


Approximate number of kids who have died as a result of a stranger tampering with their candy. "Every time a case has been reported, the cause of death or injury has turned out to be something other than Halloween candy," sociologist Joel Best said in a 2002 interview.


Approximate number of "Twilight Zone" episodes you can watch on Netflix if you spent all of Halloween watching. Wouldn't be the worst way to spend a day.

144 minutes

Run time of "The Shining," one of my favorite scary movies.


Number of people I want to see dressed in a "sexy Donald Trump" or "sexy Hillary Clinton" costume. Please don't let me down.

Jason Russell is the contributors editor for the Washington Examiner.