Halloween by the numbers: Estimated $8 billion spent

CLEVELAND - Consumers will spend $8 billion this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. Take a look at some other numbers for the holiday:

71.5: Percent of Americans who plan on celebrating Halloween this year.

41 million: Potential trick-or-treaters ages 5-14.

$79.82: Amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations.

25.9: Percent of Americans who said the economy could affect how much they end up spending on their Halloween gear and party plans this year.

46: Years since the premiere of the classic TV special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

12.7: Percent of pets that will dress up like a pumpkin, the number one costume this year for scary cats and dogs.

Gallery: Pooches dressed up for Halloween

9.5: Percent of adults who plan to be a witch this Halloween.

1,200: Estimated number of haunted houses (that charge admission!) in the United States.

12: "Friday the 13th" movies starring hockey-mask wearing bad guy Jason Voorhees. (10 Friday the 13ths, 1 Freddy vs Jason, and 1 remake of the original Friday the 13th).

$410.6 million: Box office earnings of horror movies in 2011.

35 million: Pounds of candy corn produced each year, according to the National Confectioners Association.

11: Percent of respondents who told Gallup.com in 2006 they had objections to Halloween on religious grounds.

Sources: National Retail Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau, Haunted House Association, IMDB, The Numbers, CandyUSA and Gallup.


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