Despite Americans' dismal economic outlook, qualms about the economy didn't stop anyone from going out and getting everything he or she needed to celebrate Halloween 2011.
According to a survey done by the National Retail Federation, consumers spent nearly $7 billion on Halloween goodies like costumes, candy, pumpkins, decorations, and other things. The average American dropped $72.31 on Halloween items, up from $66.28 last year.
More and more adults seem to be buying costumes as well. 68 percent of adults were estimated to have dressed up for Halloween. That's up from 63 percent last year. The survey estimated about 41 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 went out trick-or-treating Halloween night.