Stretch Your Dollar: Where you overspend on Halloween

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(WTNH)– Halloween is just five days away! If you plan on doing any last-minute shopping this weekend you’ll want to listen up.

We’re stretching your dollar with where people tend to overspend so you can carefully plan your trip to the store.

People plan to spend more on Halloween festivities this year than ever before. But the best way to save is to make yourself aware of where other people tend to overspend.

From zombies to politicians, Halloween scares up big bucks. The National Retail Federation says this year, Americans will spend in total $9.1 billion. That’s $700 million more than last year. Which means the average household will spend a little more than 86 bucks.

Of the 179 million people participating in Halloween, 95 percent will buy candy. 72 percent will spend money on decorations. And nearly 70 percent will buy costumes.

On average, men will spend nearly $20 more than women perfecting their Halloween looks.

This year’s top costume? Adults will stick to witches and a batman character. Kids like superheroes and princesses.

And don’t forget about dressing up your pet. Food related costumes like pumpkins and hot dogs are this year’s big winners.

So as you’re planning to fright and delight this Halloween, know that you won’t be alone.

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