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Trick or treat! Just because Halloween falls on a weekday this year doesn?t mean you can?t have fun. Here are some spooky stats to keep you in the mood, even on a Monday:

Estimated amount of money, in dollars, that Americans will spend on Halloween in 2005: 3.3 billion
Total pumpkin production, in pounds, in major pumpkin-producing states in 2004: 998 million
Number of children ages 5?13 who went trick-or-treating in 2004: 36.4 million
Number of children expected to dress up as princesses this year: 3.78 million
Number of children expected to dress up as Star Wars characters this year: 2.07 million
Amount of candy, in pounds, consumed per American in 2004 (most of it thought to be on Halloween): 25

Sources: www.census.gov, www.nrf.com