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Candy, costumes, carved pumpkins: Halloween 2015 by the numbers

Addie Soden, 2, of Eatonville is mesmerized by a porcupine pumpkin last week, one of many whimsical entries in a staff pumpkin decorating contest at Hoot 'n' Howl, Northwest Trek's annual mashup of nature and pre-Halloween mischief.
Addie Soden, 2, of Eatonville is mesmerized by a porcupine pumpkin last week, one of many whimsical entries in a staff pumpkin decorating contest at Hoot 'n' Howl, Northwest Trek's annual mashup of nature and pre-Halloween mischief. Staff photographer

Ghosts, goblins, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump and any volume of princesses, cowboys, mermaids, hobos and superheroes are about to visit your front door, what with Saturday being Halloween. Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation, here’s a look at Halloween 2015 by the numbers:

157 million: Americans will celebrate Halloween.

68 million: Americans will dress in costumes.

67.8 percent: Of Americans will hand out candy on Halloween.

$74.34: Amount each celebrant will spend.

$6.9 billion: Total expected to be spent.

$27.33: Average to be spent on costumes.

$2.5 billion: Total to be spent on costumes.

$350 million: To be spent on costumes for pets.

$2.1 billion: Total Americans will spend on Halloween candy.

$20.34: Average that Americans will spend on decorations.

41 percent: Of Americans will carve pumpkins.

41.2 million: American children ages 5 to 14 will go trick-or-treating.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

c.r.roberts@thenewstribune.com

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