Lots of M&MS, tons of pumkpins: NJ’s Halloween economic impact by the numbers
As Halloween gets in full-swing this weekend, 157 million people will celebrate and spend close to $7 billion on candy, decorations and costumes.
But, are you aware of New Jersey’s contribution nationally to the annual holiday?
New Jersey Policy Research Organization took a closer look at the numbers behind the costumes and candy with a report, called “The Economic Impact of Halloween.”
Here are some of the key New Jersey Halloween fun facts:
The number of all M&Ms sold nationally, which are produced right here in Hackettstown, NJ.
The amount of harvested pumpkin acres in the Garden State. New Jersey produces $7.1 million worth of pumpkins annually.
Where Cape May Country ranks nationally for the amount of workers in the candy-making industry.
Where Bergen (9th) and Union (11th) Counties rank nationally for the number of employees in the costume rental and formal wear industries.