Tomorrow is Halloween, although this year’s event will be much different from those in the past. With a pandemic still plaguing the country, this is one really, really scary Halloween.

But despite everything going on, it’s still a great opportunity to eat some tasty treats! (Boy, do I love my candy!)

According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers say they will spend an average of $86.27 on Halloween, down just slightly from last year’s record $86.79. That comes to $8.8 billion in total spending, compared with last year’s $9 billion.

What are you planning to do for Halloween? Decorating the house? Going out trick or treating in a socially distant way? Tell us by leaving a comment in the section toward the bottom of this page.

Here Are The Scary Stats

According to the NRF, consumers plan to spend $3.2 billion on costumes (purchased by 67% of Halloween shoppers), $2.6 billion on candy (95%), $2.7 billion on decorations (72%), and $390 million on greeting cards (34%).

Among those celebrating, NRF says 69% plan to hand out candy, 49% plan to decorate their home or yard, 47% will dress in costume, 44% will carve a pumpkin, 32% will throw or attend a party, 29% will take their children trick-or-treating, 22% will visit a haunted house, and 17% will dress their pets in costume. (More below on this topic!)

To buy Halloween merchandise, 42% of shoppers will go to a discount store, 36% to a specialty Halloween or costume store, 25% will shop online, another 25% will go to a grocery store, and 23% will visit a department store.

What Will Pets Be Wearing For Halloween This Year?

According to the NRF, 29 million people plan to dress their pets in costume for Halloween. Here’s what those costumed critters will be wearing

  •  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%

Reminder: Please make sure and record everything you purchase for Halloween. We really want to know about what candy and other Halloween-related items you purchase for this holiday.

Thanks, and have a happy and safe holiday!

Best Regards,

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