5 Money Stats About Halloween You Never Knew

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Halloween keeps breaking sales records. It seems that Americans can't get enough candy, costumes, and other holiday paraphernalia.

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Whether it's spending on parties, dressing up, or buying items to hand out to trick or treaters, the October 31 holiday just keeps getting bigger. And even though Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, that hasn't dampened enthusiasm for the holiday

"Americans are planning to spend more than ever as they gear up for Halloween," National Retail Federation CEO Matthew Shay said in a press release. "Retailers are helping customers celebrate in style with a huge selection of costumes, candy and decorations to cater to ghosts and goblins of all ages."

Spending hits an all-time high

Not only will 2017 set a new record for Halloween spending, according to NRF it will smash the existing record. Americans will spend $9.1 billion this year, an 8.3% increase from last year's previous record of $8.4 billion.

Even more people participate

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Halloween's spending increase is being driven by the fact that more people are participating. In 2017 179 million Americans plan to take part in the holiday, up from 171 million last year.

The economy is not a big concern

In 2011 32.1% of American consumers told the NRF that the economy would impact their Halloween spending. That number dropped to 14.1% last year, and fell again to 12.9% in 2017.

Here's how Americans will spend

The NRF found that when it comes to how Americans will spend their Halloween budget, the biggest chunk will go to costumes:

  • Costumes: $3.4 billion
  • Candy $2.7 billion
  • Decorations: $2.7 billion
  • Greeting cards: $410 million

On a percentage basis, nearly every American celebrating Halloween (95%) will buy candy. "Among Halloween celebrants, 71%  plan to hand out candy, 49% will decorate their home or yard, 48% will wear costumes, and 46% will carve a pumpkin," according to NRF. Nearly a third (31%) will take children trick-or-treating, while 16% will dress pets in costumes.

People want a deal

While consumers are spending more money than ever before, they aren't spending it carelessly. Nearly half (47%) of those buying Halloween supplies will shop at a discount store. That's followed by 38% who will shop at a specialty Halloween store or costume store. "In addition, 25% will visit supermarkets, 24% will buy at department stores and 22% will shop online," according to NRF.

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