Not to be a killjoy, (what a quaintly dispiriting word), let's consider Halloween. Total U.S. spending is expected to reach 4.75 billion dollars in 2009. This figure cannot include health care, pollution costs, lost productivity, crime, enhanced law enforcement costs, gasoline, waste management, the price of fear or the implicit waste of keeping paper in the outhouse. Excuse me, but celebrating Pagan/Gaelic/Pseudo-Christian mythology by giving away M&M's just gives me an excuse to eat too much candy. Now, where did I put the candy corn?