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How much do you spend on Halloween?

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 A family of four spends an average of $300 on Halloween, according to a report by Value Village. (iStockphoto)If you're planning on hoarding a couple bags of candy to go alongside an elaborate costume for Halloween, you're not the only one.

A family of four in Canada and the United States will spend an average of $300 on the Halloween season, including food, costumes and decorations, according to a study by thrift chain Value Village.

"Rather than re-purpose costumes from a previous year, 90 per cent of adults are planning to create a brand new look this season, and another 81 per cent will purchase new decorations for their home," the report says. Of course, Value Village stands to benefit from these numbers, as their stores are prime targets for people looking for costume pieces.

Statistics Canada, however, would agree with our apparent need to turn the green into black and orange: October 2010 saw a total of $322 million in sales of candy, confectionery and snack sales. An estimated $15.3 million in pumpkins were harvested last year.

The Retail Council of Canada's Sally Ritchie provided numbers that might be less scary for the season. "In recent years, Canadians have typically spent about $1.5-billion on the holiday, or at least $60 per family on average," she says, adding that Halloween has become the third most important shopping season, behind Christmas and the back-to-school rush.

How much are you planning to spend on Halloween this year? Are you stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters or throwing a party for your friends? Let us know in the comments section below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

Tags: holidays, money, POV

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