NRF: Americans won't fear Halloween spending

Consumers are expected to spend $5.8 billion on costumes, candy, decorations and other Halloween goodies this year, with average per-person spending slated to increase $10 over last year, according to a new report from NRF and BIGresearch. The report also reveals that 40% of adults plan to dress up for Halloween this year, up from 33% in 2009. "In recent years, Halloween has provided a welcome break from reality, allowing many Americans a chance to escape from the stress the economy has put on their family and incomes," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

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