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Survey: Americans to spend less on Halloween this year

Survey: Americans to spend less on Halloween this year
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:43am

With Halloween a little more than two weeks away, El Pasoans are busy shopping for everything from costumes, to candy and decorations.  However, some of them might not necessarily spend as much as they used to. 

A National Retail Federation survey found people plan to spend $6.9 billion on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards.  That's down 14 percent from last year but up from 2011.

El Pasoan Lorenzo Samaniego said he usually spends about $300 on Halloween, but this year his job situation changed so he said this year will be different.

"I would spend a lot more like I used to, unfortunately I gotta budget right now," he said.

The National Retail Federation said each person celebrating the holiday will likely spend about $75. 

Luis DeSantiago from East El Paso said he spent about $100 on Halloween. He said he actually plans to spend more this year because his job situation also changed, but for the better.

"Probably anywhere from $100 to $200-300," he said.



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