A Lot Of Your Paycheck Will Be Going Towards Halloween

Oh Halloween. The candy, the costumes, the debt.  Halloween spending has been on an impressively steady rise for years. While spending briefly declined by about $1 billion in 2009 in the middle of the recession, it quickly recovered the following year, rising from $4.8 billion to $5.8 billion. In 2011, spending hit $6.9 billion. Because by gosh, even if you don’t have a lot of money you will have an excellent Lady Gaga costume come hell or high water.

According to this new infographic from Pronto, Americans spend nearly $2 billion on candy at Halloween. This means 8% of U.S. sweet sales occur around Halloween. The average household spends $80 on candy! And let’s not forget the animals of the house. Americans are expected to spend a record $370 million this year on Halloween costumes for pets, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s 40% more than what we spent on our pets just two years ago.

Don’t get me wrong, Halloween is my favorite holiday and extremely important,  in my opinion. I will be dressing up my puppy as a shark. Or a velociraptor. It is so hard to decide! And now we see where the $370 million comes from. There are many people out there also struggling between dressing their dog up as a shark or a dinosaur even though he will probably not even wear it for more than five minutes and then pee on it.



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