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Halloween Spending Is Projected To Increase

09/28/2011

This is why half the world hates Americans.

Seven in 10 Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, up from 64 percent last year. The average person plans to spend $72.31 on the holiday, up from $66.28 last year.

I won’t be one of them.

In a survey released Wednesday by thrift retailer Savers Inc., the average family is expected to spend $300 on Halloween costumes, décor and celebrations this year.

According to the Halloween Shopping Survey, 90 percent of adults are planning to create a brand new look (A brand new look for Halloween?) this season rather than repurpose old costumes, and another 81 percent will purchase new decorations for their home.

However, more than half (54 percent) of people planning to dress up this year will either combine new and secondhand items or make their costume by hand in order to find value. (Isn’t that quaint?).

Among the Halloween trends revealed in the survey, which polled 1,000 adults, Savers found that, on average, people dressing up for Halloween spend 61 days planning and preparing their costumes (are you kidding me?). In fact, 13 percent will plan for Halloween a year or more ahead (someone needs a life). Conversely, 20 percent wait until the very last minute to plan their costume.

Pet owners will spend $59 on average outfitting their pets this year. And parents on average will spend $32 on a child’s costume. (Sure, let the kid’s run around in a bed sheet with holes cut out for their ghostly little eyes – while Crinkles the Pug is on leash sporting a Darth Vader costume.)

I don’t get the Halloween thing. Never will.

As long as it pumps money into the economy I don’t care either.

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