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

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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