The Washington Post

Halloween may boost the economy

In honor of today’s holiday, here are some staggering statistics, thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau: Turns out the holiday may be good for our scary economy.


- The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2010 — children age 5 to 14 — across the United States: 41 million

- Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2010 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters: 116.7 million

(This does not include all those Martha Stewart-y types who turn off their lights.)

- Pumpkin production by major pumpkin-producing states in 2010: 1.1 billion pounds

- Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009, employing 34,252 people:1,177

- Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured non-chocolate confectionery products in 2009: 409

- Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2009: 1,719

- Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010: 24.7 pounds

(Which happens to be the exact number of pieces of candy I plan to filch from my daughters’ sacks tonight: 13 Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, 10 Tootsie Rolls, a mini Snickers, half a Kit Kat, two Smarties and zero raisins.)


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