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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: CANDY, COSTUMES AND CAVITIES, WHAT DOES IT ALL ADD UP TO???

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

CANDY, COSTUMES AND CAVITIES, WHAT DOES IT ALL ADD UP TO???




    From pumpkin farmers to confectioners to costume shops and beyond, Halloween is big business in the U.S.--generating nearly $6 billion annually in retail sector alone. We dig into the numbers to show where the big money is spent, on everything from national charities to neighborhood dentists.


  • 36 million-Number of trick-or-treat aged kids 5 to 13 in the U.S.

  • 93%-Percentage of children who get to dress up and go door to door.

  • $5.77 billion-Total spent in 2008 on Halloween, including candy, parties and witches' brew.

  • $140 million-Money Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised since 1950.

  • 51.8 million-Number of adults who don their sexy nurse, pimp or pirate outfits on Halloween.

  • 73.4%-Percentage of households that say they will dish out treats on Halloween (26.6%: Number of households just asking for a nasty trick)

  • 28%-Number of children, aged 2 to 5, who will get cavities.

  • 1.1 billion-Pounds of pumpkins decorated, turned into pie and smashed in the U.S. each year.

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