Halloween's $1.8 Billion Candy Stimulus

Enough to buy 560 million pounds of candy corn


Americans dressed as vampires, Jersey Shore characters and other undead creatures spent about $66 each this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. That sum is up almost 20 percent over 2009, a positive indicator for the economy as we enter a Christmas season that accounts for about half of some major retailers' yearly revenue. Of the estimated $5.8 billion spent, $1.8 billion went to candy. That's enough to buy 560 million pounds of candy corn. That's the weight of 10 aircraft carriers, in candy corn.

In unrelated news, 86 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030.