Last-Minute Halloween Shoppers Add To U.S. Average

Last-Minute Halloween Shoppers Add To U.S. Average

The National Retail Federation estimated Americans would spend around $8 billion total on Halloween in 2012.
Last-minute Halloween shoppers added to a national average Wednesday.

At the Halloween Express on East New Circle Road in Lexington, shoppers browsed masks, costumes, and decorations...hoping to load up before trick-or-treaters would begin knocking at doors.

Joshua and Carol Baird were two of those shoppers, who said they'd spent around $300 on Halloween costumes for their family of ten.

Spending an average of $30 per costume, the couple was just above the national average of around $28, according to the National Retail Federation.

The federation also says 71.5% of Americans celebrated Halloween in 2012, and estimated they'd spend a total of around $8 billion doing so...averaging around $80 per person for costumes, candy, and decorations.

Which wasn't a surprising statistic for Halloween Express.

"The average ticket this year has been around $75," said manager Chad Johnson.

And though the Bairds said they get a lot of use out of their costumes--they'll give the younger kids hand-me-down costumes to wear--they admitted not many get to see them Halloween night.

"With all of them, they always give up about an hour or so into it--they're cold or their legs hurt. We're usually home by 8," said Carol Baird.
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