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Facts and figures for Halloween this year

Halloween GraveyardMost Americans enjoy celebrating the Halloween season.

Spending

Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.4 billion this year, according to a survey conducted for the American Retain Federation. It’s the high amount in the survey’s 11-year history.

U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34, with more than 171 million Americans planning to participate in Halloween festivities this year.

Consumers plan to spend $3.1 billion on costumes purchased by 67 percent of Halloween shoppers; $2.5 billion on candy, 94.3 percent; $2.4 billion on decorations, 70 percent; and $390 million on greeting cards, 35.4 percent, according to the survey.

When it comes to getting ready, 71 percent of consumers plan to hand out candy or decorate their home or yard, 49 percent; dress in costume, 47 percent; carve a pumpkin, 46 percent; throw or attend a party, 34 percent; take their children trick-or-treating, 30 percent; visit a haunted house, 21 percent; or dress their pet or pets in costume, 16 percent.

Facts and figures

Here is information from the U.S. Census on Halloween:

41.1 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 – children ages 5 to 14 - throughout the United States.

40,900

The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the United States in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing about 318.0 million pounds of pumpkins, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York.

Places to spend Halloween

Tombstone, Arizona – estimated population 1,312

Sleepy Hollow, New York – estimated population 10,242

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina – estimated population 7,058

Yellville, Arkansas – estimated population 1,169

Transylvania County, North Carolina – estimated population 33,211

Slaughter Beach, Delaware – estimated population 230

Casper, Wyoming – estimated population 60,285

Scarville, Iowa – estimated population 71

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico – estimated population 6,079

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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