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Even the Census Bureau is getting in the Halloween spirit. Here are the numbers.

A zombie rambles down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill in this Homegrown Halloween file photo.
A zombie rambles down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill in this Homegrown Halloween file photo. News & Observer file photo

The Census Bureau, too, has caught the Halloween spirit, releasing a trove of information about the holiday’s impact on everything from housing to manufacturing.

Here are a few quick statistics from the report:

▪  There are 41.1 million potential trick-or-treaters.

▪  There are 118.8 million occupied housing units across the nation in the first quarter 2017, “all potential stops for trick-or-treaters,” the report states.

▪  In 2015, 39,815 people worked in manufacturing to produce goodies like chocolate and cocoa products.

▪  Want to see a horror movie? You can choose from 4,407 theaters that might show a horror movie.

▪  Two North Carolina localities made the Census Bureau’s list of places “that may put you in the Halloween mood.” They include Kill Devil Hills (estimated population 7,121) and Transylvania County (estimated population 33,482).

While most consider Halloween an event principally for children, Chapel Hill’s annual Homegrown Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, offers fun for adults, too. This year’s events begin in downtown Chapel Hill at 8 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. Franklin, Columbia, Raleigh and Henderson Streets will be closed. Parking on portions of Franklin Street will end as of 3:30 p.m. Halloween.

Some streets also will be closed on the UNC campus: Cameron Avenue (Columbia to Raleigh streets, 6:30 p.m. through 12 a.m.); South Road (Columbia to Raleigh streets, 6:30 p.m. through 12 a.m.); Stadium Drive, 5 p.m. through 1:30 a.m.; and Bowles Drive, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Police will have checkpoints at some spots. Alcohol and weapons, even fake ones, are prohibited.

While parking is available, town officials are urging revelers to bike, walk, or ride to the celebration. For more details, visit the Town of Chapel Hill website, http://www.townofchapelhill.org.

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