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Scary Economy Doesn’t Deter Halloween 2011 Revelers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BELLEVUE, Wash.) -- Just one month left for shopping before Halloween. The economy might be scary nowadays, but a new survey reveals the average family is expected to spend some $300 on Halloween costumes, décor and celebrations this year.

A Halloween Shopping Survey released by thrift retailer Savers Inc., shows 90 percent of adults are planning to create a brand new look this season rather than repurpose old costumes.  Another 81 percent will purchase new decorations for their home.

Additional findings from the Halloween Shopping Survey:

-- Fifty-four percent of respondents planning to dress up this year will either combine new and secondhand items or make their costume by hand in order to find value.
-- On average, people dressing up for Halloween spend 61 days planning and preparing their costumes.
-- Thirteen percent of respondents plan for Halloween a year or more in advance while 20 percent wait until the last minute to decide on their costume.
-- Pet owners will spend $59 on average dressing up their pets for Halloween
-- Parents on average will spend $32 on a child’s costume.

The Halloween Shopping Survey involved 1,000 adults.

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