Survey: Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. Households Plan to Make Halloween Purchases this Year

Survey: Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. Households Plan to Make Halloween Purchases this Year
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October 08, 2015

Approximately 8 out of every 10 U.S. households (79 percent) expect to make Halloween-related purchases this year, up from 74 percent in 2014, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2015 Halloween Consumer Spending Survey.

The ICSC survey found that three quarters of American households (76 percent) expect to spend about the same or more this year on Halloween items than they did last year.

The most popular purchases Halloween shoppers plan to make are:

  • Candy and other food and beverages (76 percent of households)
  • Household decorations (44 percent), and
  • Costumes (39 percent).

Nearly all the Halloween shoppers surveyed by ICSC (99 percent) plan to make an in-store purchase this year. Just over one-third of households (36 percent) plan to make an online purchase that they'll get shipped to their home, and 22 percent say they will buy Halloween items online and pick them up in-store.

When asked what influences their decision to shop in stores, Halloween shoppers said that they like the convenience of one-stop shopping (34 percent), the ability to see, touch or try on merchandise in-store (34 percent), and they don't want to pay for shipping (32 percent).

The most popular destinations for Halloween shoppers are:

  • Discount stores such as Target, Walmart or Kmart (73 percent)
  • Grocery stores (51 percent)
  • Clothing or Halloween/costume specialty stores (24 percent), and
  • Chain drug stores such as CVS or Walgreen's (24 percent).

Just 14 percent of Halloween shoppers surveyed expect to make purchases from online-only retailers like Amazon or Overstock.

"As omnichannel shopping continues to pick up steam, both consumers and retailers will benefit greatly," says Jesse Tron, ICSC Spokesman and Communications Director. "Shoppers will see even more seamless offerings that blend digital browsing and research with the convenience and speed of the in-store experience. And store retailers can rejoice, since 84 percent of online Halloween shoppers picking up items in-store say they're likely to buy additional items that were not part of their original purchase."

For the second year in row, the top Halloween costumes for boys and girls age 17 and under will be superheroes and princesses, respectively (12 percent each). Superheroes also claim the number two spot for girls (3 percent). For boys, the second-most popular costume pick is villains (6 percent), according to the survey.

About the Survey

The ICSC Halloween Consumer Spending Survey was conducted online by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of ICSC from September 21-23, 2015. The survey represents a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older.