Halloween spending expected to reach a record high

Posted at 11:57 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 19:55:44-04
It looks like shoppers are not on a skeletal budget this year when it comes to Halloween.
Between the candy, the costumes, and the decorations, Halloween spending is soaring this year. 
Homeowners on 85th Street in West Allis have gone all out for the spooky holiday. One homeowner in the area says she has spent about $700 on decorations in the past couple of  years.
"We have a large cat,"  said Tammy Lynch. "We have a witch and we decorate the trees with lights. We go all out for Halloween even more so than Christmas."
The National Retail Federation says the average person will spend about $83 per person in 2016. That's up about 8 dollars from last year.
"I don't call that a lot of money because I like Halloween, but we probably add 100 dollars a year to our growing pile of decorations," said Rob Breitzman. 
Across the country, Halloween spending is expected to reach a record $8.4 billion dollars this year. $547 million of that will be spent on candy alone and $300 million is expected to be spent on haunted attractions.