Statistically Speaking

It's the time of year to take on a grotesque identity, spend hours in the frigid weather, tell pitiful jokes, and beg for all kinds of unhealthy treats. Halloween, like any major holiday, also represents an event for which a large amount of money is spent. Here are some statistics about the financial facets of Oct. 31:

Amount spent on Halloween decorations: $1.23 billion

Amount spent on Halloween greeting cards: $250 million

Amount spent on Halloween costumes: $1.75 billion

Predicted number of trick-or-treaters (five to 13 years old): 36 million

Pounds of pumpkins grown in the United States: 931 million,