Halloween Hauntings

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According to Donna Arnett, head of the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, the average Halloween candy haul contains between 3,500 and 7,000 calories.

Arnett told United Press International that it would take a 100-pound child 44 hours of walking or 14.5 hours of playing full-court basketball to burn off the average amount of calories in candy collected on Halloween.

According to the National Retail Federation's seasonal shopping trends this year, Americans are predicted to spend $2.6 billion buying candy for Halloween in comparison to $3.2 billion on costumes and $2.7 billion on decorations. 

Here’s Something to ponder:

Sugar accounts for just 1.9 percent of the value of total U.S. crop production, but sugar producers fund 55 percent of crop-related political action committee (PAC) donations and 34.2 percent of crop-related lobbying expenses.[7] This behavior can result in “crony capitalism”—a system in which business success depends on a close relationship with the government. 

Happy Halloween and enjoy that sweet tooth

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