By Claudia Bellofatto SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — This year more than 170 million Americans are spending money on costumes and decorations to celebrate Halloween.
That number is an increase of over 8 million from 2016, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
William Pickens, the Syracuse District Manager for Spirit Halloween, says they have noticed an increase in customers over the years.
“Traffic has picked up and it keeps continuing to do so, so we are excited to see what happens this year. Of course a lot of our business is ahead of us with Halloween just around the corner and next year I can’t see it being anything different.”
Those added shoppers are expected to spend a record amount on Halloween purchases–on average $86.13 per person or 9.1 billion dollars in total spending. If so, that’s an 8.3% rise from last year’s spending.
Nearly half of those who took a survey through GoodFellow say they will shop discount stores for their Halloween goodies– but for those looking for something in particular, the stores dedicated to this holiday may be the best choice.
“Because I like the thrift store, I like to get a deal the best I can before I come to these stores [like Spirit Halloween]. But, there’s some different odds and ends here that you cant find elsewhere,” Halloween shopper Ruthanne Stone says.
Many people are used to and often expect the higher prices for Halloween costumes– but some are still surprised at how much others are willing to spend for a few nights of spooky fun.
“It’s kind of outrageous to me a little bit,” says Syracuse mother Wisdom Kidelee, “that’s a lot of money for costumes for Halloween.”
Fore extra details on how shoppers are spending their money on Halloween, read more here.