More people than ever before will get their spooky on for Halloween this year, even though most said they’ll be watching what they spend on decorations, costumes and candy.
Some 170 million Americans will celebrate the creepy holiday, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s 71.5% of the population, up from 68.6% last year, the most in the survey’s decade-long history.
Together, they’ll shell out $8 billion for things like Gangnam Style costumes, bowls of goodies, fake cobwebs and tombstones. So the average person will spend $70.82 on the holiday compared with $72.31 last year.
Of the 83.5% of respondents who said they’ll be spending less on Halloween, a fourth blame the state of the economy. Though more than half of respondents said they’ll decorate their home or yard, many said they’ll use last year’s decorations instead of buying new ones.