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Fun Money Facts: Halloween by the Numbers

Happy Halloween! The history of this day is enough to give you goosebumps, and the activities you partake in will surely give you a thrill and a scream or two, but these spine-tingling statistics only add to the scariness that is Halloween...

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Halloween by the Numbers

  • $7.4 billion: Total Halloween consumer spending in the United States expected for 2014.
  • 66.7: Percent of Americans who plan to celebrate Halloween this year.
  • 42.1 million: Potential trick-or-treaters ages 5-14.
  • $77.52: The average amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations.
  • $2.2 billion: Projected spending on Halloween candy in the U.S. in 2014.
  • 50: Percent of households which typically give out 2 pieces of candy to each trick-or-treater.
  • 18.8: Percent of Americans who said the economy will affect how much they end up spending on their Halloween gear and party plans this year. This is down from 25.2% for 2013.
  • 48: Years since the premiere of the classic TV special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
  • 50,900: Acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013.
  • 14.3: Percent of pet owners who plan to dress up their pets this year. The number one costume for scary cats and dogs is a pumpkin.
  • 4.8 million: Adults who plan to be a witch this Halloween.
  • $452 million: U.S. Box office earnings of horror movies in 2013.
  • 1,200+: Recognized species of bats, according to Britannica.com.
  • 42.7: Percentage of those surveyed by the National Confectioners Association who said they eat the white part of a piece of candy corn first.

All numbers from CNN.

Hocus pocus? Nope. The numbers don't lie. Clearly, Americans love this holiday and spend quite a bit of their hard-earned dollars celebrating it. But you don't have to go broke to have a good time. Check out our many, many tips and tricks for saving money on everything from costumes and candy to parties and area activities this Halloween. | Read more.

Have a fun and safe weekend, readers!

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