16 frightening financial facts you didn't know about Halloween (16 items)
I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays — and based upon its mass appeal, apparently I’m not alone. In fact, even though the wicked economy continues to put a scare into most people, when it comes to celebrating what was originally known as All Hallows’ Eve, spirits remain high. So just how hot is Halloween? Well, it’s so popular that it’s downright spooky. To prove it, here are a few bone-chilling financial facts from the National Retail Federation — along with some other horrendous Halloween trivia I dug up — that I bet you’ve all been dying to know:
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The Halloween business is absolutely monstrous. Americans will spend $6.9 billion in 2013 on everything from candy and costumes to decorations. That’s $1.1 billion less than what consumers said they would spend last season.
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Here’s another shocking survey finding: The average consumer intends to spend $75.03 on Halloween products in 2013. That’s $4.79 less than last year.
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According to the latest available US Census Bureau figures, there were 41 million trick-or-treaters in 2010 between the ages of 5 and 14. It’s unknown how many cranky old people sat on their front porches screaming, “Get the heck off my lawn!”
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This year, 7 in 10 Americans plan to celebrate Halloween; that’s the highest level of participation in the survey’s nine-year history. I assume the other three prefer gardening. Or giving trespassing kids the evil eye.
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Then again, who says Halloween is just for the kids? Believe it or not, this year adults are collectively expected to spend $180 million more on Halloween costumes for themselves than their own little hobgoblins.