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Halloween Tips and Tricks

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Let’s face it, Halloween is really a month-long celebration. As soon as it says October on the calendar, America goes into full-on Halloween mode with decoration, candy, and costume purchases. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says the average shopper will spend $86.27 on Halloween this year, with 95% of their money will be spent on candy, while 72% will go towards decorations, and 67% will go towards costumes.

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Halloween decorations usually lean toward the macabre. but costumes run the gamut from horrific to heroic. According to the National Retail Federation’s data, this year’s most popular costume for kids is Princess, while adults are snatching up witch hats and brooms.

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Pets get in on the costume action, too. The NRF’s survey found that 29 million people plan to dress their pets in costume for Halloween. Keep your eye out for plenty of pumpkin puppies this month.

Children

  •  Princess – 7.9%
  •  Superhero – 6%
  •  Spider-Man – 5.2%
  •  Avengers character (excluding Spider-Man) – 3.9%
  •  Batman – 3.5%
  •  Witch – 3.3%
  •  Ghost – 2.8%
  •  Vampire – 2.2%
  •  Frozen (Elsa, Anna) – 2.2%
  •  Pirate – 2.1%

Adults

  •  Witch – 8.9%
  •  Vampire – 3.6%
  •  Superhero – 3.1%
  •  Pirate – 2.7%
  •  Zombie – 2.5%
  •  Ghost – 2%
  •  Avengers character (excluding Spider-Man) – 2%
  •  Princess – 1.9%
  •  Cat – 1.8%
  •  Spider-Man – 1.7%

Pets

  •  Pumpkin – 9.3%
  •  Hot dog – 7.2%
  •  Superhero – 7.2%
  •  Bumble Bee – 3.9%
  •  Cat – 3.2%
  •  Witch – 2.5%
  •  Lion – 2.2%
  •  Dog – 2.1%
  •  Devil – 2%
  •  Shark – 1.7%

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