Halloween spending is on the rise as more celebrate the holiday

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 7:54 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 11:20 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If Halloween spending is scaring your wallet, you're not alone.

Over 179 million Americans are celebrating Halloween this year. That's up 8 million from last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Spending this holiday is expected to reach more than 9 billion dollars which is up from last year's record of $8.4 billion.

But even though Halloween is here, the spending isn't stopping. Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of last-minute shoppers went to stores, looking for their costume.

Tucson Thrift Shop on Fourth Avenue has been packed for the last few days. Last-minute shopper, Adriana Suarez said, "Everything is like crazy! Everyone is trying to buy stuff. I'm stressing out right now."

Some willing to throw out the budget to get the perfect costume. "I don't have a budget right now which is awful! I should! I'm a broke college kid," Suarez.

Luckily, Suarez found her costume. But next year, she's planning ahead. "Next year shop like a month in advance," she promised.

Tucson Thrift Shop closes at 10 p.m. Employees say they'll be busy till then.

The most popular costume among adults is a witch this year, followed by Batman characters. Action and superhero costumes are the most favored children's costumes, with Batman characters and princess costumes tied for second. The most popular costume for pets is a pumpkin with hot dog costumes following closely behind.

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