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U.S. Census Shares Halloween Facts

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Facts for Features

Halloween: October 31, 2016

Trick or Treat!

41.1 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates, PEPASR6H

Trick or Treat

118.3 million

The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter 2016 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8

Hauntingly Delicious



The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2014. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $16.0 billion, up from $15.2 billion in 2013.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311351, 311352

Candy corn


The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $8.2 billion in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311340


The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 22,086 people in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 445292

Places to Spend Halloween

Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood:

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,312)

 Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,242)

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,058)

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,211)

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 230)

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 60,285)

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)


Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities, such as costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.

Dressed to Thrill

A sampling of occupations that one may dress up as for a Halloween costume:


The estimates of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers and detectives and criminal investigators are not statistically different from one another.



The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132


The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween. Source:U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Page 8

Carved Pumpkin
$1.04 Billion

The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2015. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, visit <>.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Value of Construction Put in Place Survey


The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the U.S. This industry had 6,611 paid employees across the nation in 2014 (for the pay period including March 12, 2014).   Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220


The number of broom, brush, and mop and casket manufacturing establishments (for the more authentic witches and vampires). Combined, these two industries employed 12,627 people and had a total value of shipments of $3.6 billion in 2012.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 339994 and NAICS 339995

$1.03 billion

Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2015. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics, Commodity Code 080810

Who You Gonna Call?


The percentage of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36.0 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1.0 percent in 1998 to 28.0 percent in 2011.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2011

Join the Global Celebration of Generosity. #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

What Is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

We’ve asked our members within the not-for-profit community — representing churches, service agencies, healthcare, education, and more — to share their plans for #GivingTuesday. If you identify with any of their missions or purposes, please support their needs. Share your generosity on social media to spread the word. And, thank you!

The Association for Individual Development

309 W. New Indian Trial Court
Aurora 60506
(630) 966-4000

This year, the Grand Victoria Foundation is teaming up with #ILGive to match your donation (up to $5,000). That means any amount you give to AID on Tuesday, Dec. 1, will be doubled.

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

1110 Jericho Rd.
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-2127

Every year, more than 9,000 children greatly benefit from free food assistance from Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. You can make a big difference in the community by helping to support the basic needs of struggling families. For every $1 you donate, we can provide $7 worth of food! Thank you for joining our caring community of neighbors.

CASA Kane County

100 S. Third St., Suite 460
Geneva 60134
(630) 444-3111

Communities In Schools of Aurora

1433 Prairie St.
Aurora 60506
(331) 301-5192

Please help out a 20-year Aurora registered nonprofit organization that works each day to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Each year we will outfit over 4,000 Aurora students with a new backpack and a complete set of school supplies. We seek $25,000 of local support and have secured pledges and matched funds of over $7,500.

301 N. Washington St.
Naperville 60540
(630) 637-8000

Starting on December 1st, #GivingTuesday, we are launching our 12 Days of Giving Campaign. We are excited for this year because we are going to be sharing why we love the Museum. Check in every day to learn something new about our mission, programs, and impact right here in Chicagoland. It is an honor to be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, that is supported and operates right here in our community. Help us make 2016 our best year yet.

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity

1300 S. Broadway, Suite 101

Montgomery 60538
(630) 859-3333Now you can TEXT to donate. Text the amount you want to donate to (331) 200-2510.

Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation

2121 W. Indian Trail Rd.
Aurora 60506
(630) 907-1114

By spreading a message of philanthropy and donating Tuesday, Dec. 1, individuals can bolster momentum and deepen the impact to causes near and dear. FVSR Foundation would love to be included in your #GivingTuesday initiative this year. Please visit our website to donate and be sure to share your story on social media with the hashtag: #GivingTuesday.

Heartland Blood Centers

1200 N. Highland Ave.
Aurora 60506
(630) 892-7055

Heartland Blood Centers participating on  #GivingTuesday. Heartland donors will receive a Sports Backpack on Tuesday, December 1st. Taking it further, we invite blood donors to fill the Sports Backpack with toys and give the filled bag to community Salvation Army or Church Toy Drive for a local child this Holiday season!

Hesed House

659 S. River St.
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-2156

American Guardian Group of Companies will be matching all donations made through Dec. 31, 2015, dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000! You can double the impact of your donations by mailing a check or cash donation to Hesed House or by visiting our website.

Loaves & Fishes Community Services

1871 High Grove Lane
Naperville 60540
(630) 355-3663

We have received a $65,000 match from two donors to help us reach our $200,000 goal. By achieving our goal, we will be able to expand our Infant Care Initiative and provide nutritious choices for children 1-18.

Mutual Ground

418 Oak Avenue
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-0084

This year Mutual Ground has two generous donors, including Aurora’s very own Kevin Fitzpatrick, willing to match #GivingTuesday donations made to Mutual Ground up to $10,500. Please consider making a donation to Mutual Ground this #GivingTuesday so they can continue to provide life-changing services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Open Door Health Center

157 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite K
Aurora 60505
(630) 264-1819

We have a matching grant on all donations up to $5,000 from the Grand Victoria Foundation. Open Door Health Center has been providing discrimination and stigma free healthcare in the Fox Valley for more than 38 years. Be part of the healthcare equality movement and invest in Open Door today!

World Relief Aurora

73 S. LaSalle St.
Aurora 60505
(630) 906-9546

Help a refugee family feel at home in our community by donating household goods to furnish their first apartment in the U.S.

YWCA Aurora

405 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora 60506
(630) 299-2283

A Thanksgiving Message to Our Members, Community

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015


As we enter into the holiday season, I want to take a moment and thank you for your support of, investment in, and involvement with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. This past fiscal year has been one of increased engagement — from events to public policy, from community projects to collaborations. As our 2014-2015 Year In Review highlights, your Chamber team has been working on connecting businesses, growing their businesses, and influencing our community’s future.

This fiscal year has already started out with a number of great achievements for our membership. It is our intention that 2016 looks even better for our members and our community. However, not one project, accomplishment, recognition, or connection can happen without our members, community, and partners.

Without our members, there would be no Aurora Chamber. Our collective voice representing hundreds of members and tens of thousands of employees would not exist. Thank you for your investment in the association and your commitment to growing the business climate of our region, state, and nation.

Without our community, there would be no Aurora Chamber. There would be no consumer, audience, supporters, or residents with whom to connect. Thank you for your engagement and for making the Aurora and North Aurora region the location where you choose to work, to live, to support.

Without our partners, there would be no Aurora Chamber. As we all face limited resources – limited financial means, limited human capital, and limited time. There is so much to be done, and with our numerous collaborators who share our commitment and our vision, we are able to positively influence our small part of the world.

So, thank you. It seems so simple. Yet, it is heartfelt. Our strength is in our membership. Our future is a result of our membership. Our focus is on our membership.

We hope to see you at the Multi-Chamber Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Belle Salle Banquets. It is a great opportunity to stop and thank our partners. It is a great opportunity to connect (and re-connect) with those with mutual interests. It is a great opportunity to pause during the hectic holiday season and enjoy some comradery.

There are so many positive and exciting aspects to being involved with the Aurora Chamber; I am thankful for all of them.  As you are celebrating this holiday season and coming together with your family, friends, and colleagues, please remember to be thankful for all that you have.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous holiday season!


2014-2015 Year In Review

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Year in Review: An Annual Report to Our Membership

Friday, October 31st, 2014
We appreciate all of our members, community partners, and volunteers. During yesterday’s Annual Celebration of Membership,
we shared the following data with those in attendance. We believe this information supports the work of our members, our volunteers,
and our staff. We are focused on supporting our business members. If you are interested in discussing membership with
the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact our office.
October 31, 2014
In This Issue


Quick Links


Follow Us!
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Signed and Sealed
Certificates of Origin
(a 44% increase over previous year)


Products, Programs, Services for Our Business Members


Public Policy Meetings


Visitors to Website


Represented more than
Employees in Membership


Accreditation with
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Business Members Represented
Communities in Illinois


Took Positions on
Bills in Illinois General Assembly


Business Members Realized
Hits to 534 Job Postings


According to National Study
by The Schapiro Group
of Consumers were More Aware
of Chamber Member Businesses


Hosted more than
Events for Members


Creating a Strong Local Economy
  • Produced workshops on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Concealed Carry, Affordable Care Act, and other Employment Law programs to support our businesses
  • Conducted business retention, expansion, and development activities
  • Produced week-long Small Business Aurora event
  • Forged ongoing collaboration with regional and statewide economic development programs
  • Graduated the 35th Leadership Academy class
  • Offered opportunities to improve their bottom line with affinity programs for office supplies, utilities, and internet services
  • Responded to information requests and data research for member support services
  • CEO represented membership on numerous workforce development groups, including River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Development Advisory Fund, and Pathways to Prosperity
  • Provided intermediary responsibilities for Aurora Region Pathways to Prosperity initiative with City of Aurora, community colleges, and public school districts
Representing Business to Government
  • Presented on behalf of business at City Council meetings
  • Held monthly Aurora First meetings to support improvements in Permitting, Electrical Ordinances, and other initiatives
  • Board and CEO attended Illinois Business Lobby Day in Springfield
  • Participated in 107 public policy meetings with elected officials, State departments, and local committees and groups
  • CEO and Board represented business members on various task forces, committees, and advisory groups
  • Conducted member surveys and provided input to elected officials on issues ranging from business taxes, state finances, economic development, and education reform
  • Hosted regular Council on Legislative Affairs to address pending legislation that would impact business community
  • Took positions on 45 bills in Illinois General Assembly, including Pension Reform, Workers’ Compensation, Minimum Wage, Taxes, and more
  • Coordinated grassroots engagement of members with elected officials through meetings, communications, and business visits
Relationship Building Opportunities
  • Presented six successful Coffee & Connections programs with more than 300 total attendees
  • Hosted the Mayor’s State of the City address with more than 400 in attendance
  • Hosted the State of the Village of North Aurora address
  • Offered two Business Development Leads Groups for interested members
  • Leveraged U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership while offering Federation Partnership to participating small business members
  • Offered Constant Contact affinity program to better connect member businesses with their customers and prospects
  • Coordinated more than 55 ribbon cuttings, grand openings, groundbreakings, and open houses for business members
  • Offered Not-For-Profit Alliance to support collaboration, advancement of participating members
  • Coordinated annual Holiday Celebration in collaboration with Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce
Promoting Our Community
  • Maintained existing website with nearly 65,000 unique visitors
  • Realized more than 2.2 million page hits to the website
  • Reached 718 fans on Facebook page
  • Counted 2,079 twitter followers
  • CEO commenced writing a monthly column in Beacon News
  • Responded to all media interview requests
  • Produced weekly e-newsletters, blogs, and social media posts
  • Supported community special events
  • Collaborated with City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora as well as more than 50 other partners on various initiatives
  • Collaborated on Diversity Network to support business-inclusion practices in community
  • CEO and staff served on numerous state and national boards and committees
Promoting Our Members
  • Provided members with sponsorship, marketing, and promotional opportunities via our newsletters, eBlasts, special events, and website
  • Offered additional levels of membership, including Premier Membership with 12 members and Elite Membership with more than 50 members
  • Promoted several Member-to-Member discount programs
  • Successfully supported the Shop Local and Shop Small campaigns
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 |

This Week’s News from the Aurora Chamber

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send  it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
May 07, 2014
In This Issue


Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust