Costumes, candy, decorations... Halloween costs really add up quick!

The National Retail Federation does an annual survey to figure out just how much Americans spend on Halloween each year, and this year's amount is an all-time high. The total spending for this year's holiday is expected to reach about $8.4 BILLION. Around 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, so if you break that down, it's about $82.93 a person, up from last year's $74.34. The survey says that $3.1 billion will be spent on costumes, $2.5 billion will be spent on candy, and $2.4 billion will go to decorations. Here are a few more stats about this year's Halloween festivities:

  • 71% of people plan to hand out candy
  • 49% will decorate their home/yard
  • 46% will carve a pumpkin
  • 34% will throw or attend a party
  • 30% will take their kids trick-or-treating
  • 21% will visit a haunted house

I absolutely LOVE Halloween, but my biggest cost isn't candy or decorations, it's my costume. I like to put them together myself rather than buy them from the store, because I like to get creative with them, but also it saves me some money. There were a few years where I didn't do that, and I needed multiple costumes, and it was CRAZY expensive. I think the most I ever spent on one Halloween was around $250. Never again. I think this year I am spending less than $25 on my costumes, and I couldn't be happier about it.

How much do you typically spend on Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

[Via National Retail Federation]

 

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