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Pet Costumes v. Shutdown

10/31/2013

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Americans are expected to spend a record $370 million this year on Halloween costumes for pets, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s 40% more than what we spent on our pets just two years ago.

That’s roughly the equivalent of the estimated $300 million per day it costs for the U.S. government shutdown.

The average American is expected to spend $79.82 on Halloween this year, according to the NRF. Nationwide, spending is expected to hit $6.9 billion.

Additionally, celebrants will spend $2.08 billion on candy and $360 million on greeting cards. Second only to Christmas in terms of spending on decorations, Americans will spend $1.96 billion on life-size skeletons, fake cob webs, mantle pieces and other decorations.

Perhaps the shutdown should be turned into a holiday…then American’s will spend money for costumes and to decorate their homes for the event.

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