Here's a stat that shocked me: Americans are expected to spend $9-billion on the holiday this year. But I shouldn't BE surprised: there's a REASON all those temporary Halloween stores pop up this time of year.
But while lots of money will be spent, not every city will be spending the same amount of dough. There are some places in this country where they go all out for Halloween, and a new report reveals which areas are spending the most money to get their spook on.
In case you missed it, 24/7 Wall Street has just come out with their list of the 25 Cities Spending the Most for Halloween looking at cities with at least 100,000 people, or the five largest cities in small states, looking at things like the amount of costume stores, haunted tours, and candy stores and more.
Topping the list this year is Phoenix, Arizona, which has 14 costumes stores, 18 candy stores and three haunted houses. The site also looked into the candy that is bought the most in each city, and for Phoenix the top choice is Snickers. Overall, cities in the South and Northeast are expected to spend more than those in the Midwest and West. In fact, while folks in the South are expected to spend about $90.35 per person, those in the Midwest are only expected to shell out about $78.91. And THAT'S the reason that an Iowa city doesn't show up in the top ten list.
Top Ten Cities Spending The Most On Halloween(click here to see the complete list)
- Phoenix, AZ
- Los Angeles, CA
- Urban Hawaii, HI
- Burbank, CA
- Paradise, NV
- Houston, TX
- Hilo, HI
- Idaho Falls, ID
- Mesa, AZ
- Tucson, AZ