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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:


Nearly half



The number of all M&Ms sold nationally, which are produced right here in Hackettstown, NJ.

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The amount of harvested pumpkin acres in the Garden State. New Jersey produces $7.1 million worth of pumpkins annually.

Pumpkin patch
Pumpkin patch (AllenSphoto, ThinkStock)





Where Cape May Country ranks nationally for the amount of workers in the candy-making industry.

Jelly Belly Candy Factory Churns Out Easter Treats
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Top 15



Where Bergen (9th) and Union (11th) Counties rank nationally for the number of employees in the costume rental and formal wear industries.

Miami Costume Shop Outfits Halloween Revelers
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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