Survey: Halloween spending expected to be up

Bellevue, NY -- In a survey released Wednesday by thrift retailer Savers Inc., the average family is expected to spend $300 on Halloween costumes, décor and celebrations this year.

According to the Halloween Shopping Survey, 90% of adults are planning to create a brand new look this season rather than repurpose old costumes, and another 81% will purchase new decorations for their home. 

However, more than half (54%) of people planning to dress up this year will either combine new and secondhand items or make their costume by hand in order to find value.

Among the Halloween trends revealed in the survey, which polled 1,000 adults, Savers found that, on average, people dressing up for Halloween spend 61 days planning and preparing their costumes. In fact, 13% will plan for Halloween a year or more ahead. Conversely, 20% wait until the very last minute to plan their costume.

Pet owners will spend $59 on average outfitting their pets this year. And parents on average will spend $32 on a child’s costume.