Americans are spending more on Halloween this year, despite high gas prices and a sluggish economy.

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According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $79.82 on average for decorations, candy and other Halloween related items. Last year, consumers spend $72.31 on average.

Their survey reveals that:

The average person will spend $28.65 on costumes this year, up an increase over the $26.52 spent per person in 2011.

45% of Americans will dress up this year for Halloween.

The biggest Halloween spenders were Men 18-34, who spend an average of $200.00 on the holiday.

Families with household incomes less than 35k will spend more than families in higher income brackets.