People love Halloween. They really, really love it. So much so that this year consumers are on track to spend a whopping $700 million on spooky season. That $700 million, though, it’s not for all our Halloween decor, candy for trick-or-treaters, and Halloween party fixings. That huge sum is just what folks are spending on costumes—for our pets.
This Halloween, American shoppers are expected to spend over $12 billion on inflatable ghosts, glowing ghouls, tasty treats, scary costumes, adorable pumpkins, and whatever else they need for a spooky good time, according to the National Retail Federation and first reported by NPR . If Halloween-happy folks in the US do spend the estimated $12 billion on Halloween fun this year, it will set a new record.
A National Retail Federation (NRF) survey estimated that an average shopper would spend $108 on candy, costumes and decorations, that’s up from $102 last year. So what are folks spending their hard-earned cash on this year? According to the NRF, like in previous years, 68% of consumers are planning to celebrate handing out candy and 53% are decorating their home or yard.
Of course, a lot of Halloween fun is spent choosing a cute or scary costume to wear and 69% of Halloween celebrants will be dressing up this year. It’s not just people, though, spending on pet costumes is projected to reach $700 million. According to NRF, the most popular costumes for the very good dogs out there, include a pumpkin, a hot dog, a bat, a bumblebee, and a spider, all of which would be absolutely adorable.
While going all out on Halloween is always fun, whipping up some tasty—and spooky—breakfast, snacks, dinner, and sugar cookies is a great way to keep things budget-friendly.
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