What Campaign Spending? Americans spend more on Halloween than on midterms
Americans’ Halloween spending on candy, costumes, and decorations is projected to hit $7.4 billion this year, or almost twice the campaign spending of all midterm races combined.
According to the National Retail Federation, that’s about $77 a person. That includes $2.8 billion on costumes (Americans actually spend more on adult costumes than kids’ costumes), $2.2 billion on candy; and almost as much on decorations that may or may not get taken down by Christmas.
Here are some other activities America spends more on than politics:
• Laundry detergent ($5.9 billion)
• Cosmetic surgery ($7 billion)
• Dolls and action figures ($4.1 billion)
• Pet grooming and boarding ($4.4 billion)
• Tea ($10 billion)
• One Zumwalt DDG-1000 Navy Destroyer ($7.3 billion)
• Surf- and skate- boards ($7.2 billion as of 2008)
• Pornography ($10-12 billion)
• Concerts ($4.3 billion)