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WASHINGTON (AP) _ More youngsters are Halloween age than ever, the Census Bureau says _ but there are treats aplenty to ward off tricks.

The 2000 census counted 41.1 million people, age 5 to 14. That beats the 1970 mark of 40.7 million.

Sending them on their way with Halloween goodies should not be a problem: U.S. manufacturers shipped $18.5 billion in candy in 2000. Candy makers also employed 68,034 people in 2000.

There are 995 U.S. chocolate makers, with California and Pennsylvania leaders in the industry _ each with 107.

Americans imported $887 million worth of candy, with the bulk of that _ $414 million _ from Canada.

Illinois dominated the pumpkin trade, producing almost 40 percent of the 831.2 million pounds of U.S.-grown pumpkins in 2001.

Beyond the numbers, the Census Bureau offers a list of places ``that may get you into the Halloween spirit,'' including Transylvania County, N.C., Tombstone, Ariz., and Skull Creek, Neb.