It's Halloween! Pumpkin carving trends, election masks and why everyone wants Eggo

To mark the spookiest of holidays, GoMN takes a look around the internet to find some interesting tidbits about Oct. 31.

It's Halloween, which means your house is probably full of candy and you're secretly hoping no trick-or-treaters come to your door this evening so you can have it all to yourself.

To mark the spookiest of holidays, GoMN has taken a look around the internet to find some interesting tidbits about Oct. 31 and what's trending across the country.

America's best/worst pumpkin carvers

The Washington Post has used Google trends to find out which state residents struggle the most when it comes to pumpkin carving.

As this map shows, Minnesotans are pretty good compared to others, but North Dakotans have been taking to Google to find some inspiration – and tips – on how to make their jack-o'-lanterns.

The map has been compiled based on data of people searching "how to carve a pumpkin" from 2004-2016.

Everybody is crazy for Eggo waffles

Google Trends says that in the past two months, searching for Eggo waffles have hit an all-time high.

The reason? Netflix's sinister hit show Stranger Things, in which the telekinetic protagonist Eleven has a hankering for the breakfast treat.

It looks as though show fans are using her love of the frozen waffles as inspiration for their Halloween costumes this year round.

Trump or Clinton mask? The answer to the question nobody asked

We're just eight days from the presidential election (we're nearly there, people), and unsurprisingly the two main candidates are becoming popular.

Well if votes were Halloween masks, then Donald Trump would have it sewn up. According to the BBC, Trump masks are outselling Clinton masks by 55 percent to 45 percent.

But before the Republican candidate trump-ets (see what we did there?) his polling win, costume chain Spirit Halloween told the news organization the main reason Americans chose Trump masks was to be funny, while people who chose Clinton's said they did so because they like her.

The most popular costume choices this year

If you were at a Halloween party this past weekend, there's a good chance that you saw someone dressed as Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn.

According to the Search Engine Journal, the DC Comics character is the most popular costume choice for revelers this year, ahead of The Joker and "superhero."

You can find SEJ's top 50 Halloween costumes for 2016 right here.

Halloween in numbers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 41 million trick or treaters aged 5-14 took to the streets on the hunt for candy, and they have an estimated 118.3 million occupied homes across the country to choose from.

And chances are your neighbors will stop by. A 2013 survey found that the majority of American households, 78.7 percent, agree that their neighbors can be trusted.

If you're looking to try a scary movie in a typical horror film venue – the drive-in movie, Minnesota doesn't have much choice. There are 4,449 drive-in theaters across the country, but not many of them can be found in Minnesota.

When does Trick or Treating start?

If you're wondering when your evening will be disturbed by young monsters demanding candy, you can find out using

There's a list of when trick or treating starts several Minnesota communities, with it getting underway at 4 p.m. in Burnsville and 6 p.m. in Minneapolis, for example.

Sunset on Monday in the Twin Cities will be at 6:02 p.m., so expect to hear your doorbell shortly after you get home from work.

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