Top Halloween costumes for 2018
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Facts and figures for Halloween 2018


Are you ready for Halloween? It’s rainy here in the Seattle area. One suggestion for keeping kids dry is to find see-through plastic bags to keep rain out, but yet let the costumes be seen.

Halloween spending

Halloween spending for 2018 is expected to reach $9 billion, the second highest seen post-recession. Seven in 10 consumers plan to celebrate this year, and they’ll spend an average of nearly $90 per person, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation.

This year, kids are planning to dress as their favorite princess – back in the No. 1 spot – or super hero, while pets will be donning pumpkin, hotdog, or bumble bee costumes. Adults are sticking with the traditional spookiness of Halloween, dressing as witches, vampires, and zombies.

About nine in 10 consumers will buy candy, while others will spend their Halloween budgets on decorations, seven in 10, and greeting cards, four in 10.

Halloween facts

Here are facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau on Halloween this year:

Trick or treat

41.1 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2017 — children ages 5 to 14.

120 million

The number of potential stops for trick-or-treaters to occupied housing units.

Scary Places

Tombstone, Arizona: population 1,296
Sleepy Hollow, New York: population 10,218
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: population 7,117
Yellville, Arkansas: population 1,159
Transylvania County, North Carolina: population 33,956
Slaughter Beach, Delaware: population 234
Casper, Wyoming: population 57,814
Scarville, Iowa: population 70)

Copyright 2018, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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