Halloween spending slightly down this year

Posted at 2:47 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 14:47:22-04

The average person celebrating Halloween this year will spend almost $75, the National Retail Federation said this week. 

That's down slightly from last year, when the average reveler shelled out $77.52. 

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Still, total spending on Halloween is expected to hit $6.9 billion in 2015, with an estimated 157 million Americans planning to celebrate the spooky fall holiday. 

The NRF says Halloween costumes for the whole family will set back customers about $27.33. It expects overall costume sales to reach $2.5 billion. 

Meanwhile, nine out of 10 Halloween shoppers will buy candy, spending a total of $2.1 billion, and about a third of consumers will buy greeting cards, spending around $330 million. 

And the average person will spend $20.34 on Halloween decorations, with total spending in that department expected to reach $1.9 billion. 

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