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Crown Point research says we’re spending more on Halloween than ever before
Thursday 27th October 2016 @ 10:45 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News

Shoppers in Tameside are gearing up for a bumper Halloween as research shows that they plan to spend more than £43 on costumes, decorations and sweets for trick or treaters – double the amount spent just five years ago.

The survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by Crownpoint, who operate Crown Point North in Denton, also revealed that over a third of Mancunians will be celebrating by donning fancy dress this year, and almost 1 in 6 are planning to carve pumpkins.

With this in mind, Crown Point North has dubbed Saturday 29th October ‘Spooky Saturday’ as Manchester’s retailers prepare for a surge in scary sales – £22,217,451 in the run-up to Halloween.

In the survey, 38% of people in Manchester said that Facebook was their biggest inspiration for Halloween costumes and decorations, with spooky films influencing 1 in 6 (16%). Just 15% of people say they’ll be happy to wear the same outfit as they did last year.

As excitement builds for the upcoming Harry Potter film launch next month, it’s perhaps not surprising that witches and wizards are the region’s most popular costume choice. A third of those surveyed will be dressing themselves or their families up with wands and broomsticks.

Residents in Manchester should also expect a knock on the door from vampires (28%), cats (20%) and to greet the odd trick-or-treating skeleton (15%).

Fayum Abdullah, Deputy Centre Manager at Crownpoint said: “Halloween has really exploded in popularity over the last few years with people buying increasingly elaborate costumes and decorations.

“We’re expecting a record number of shoppers over Halloween weekend as people stock up on last-minute sweet treats for party guests and trick-or-treaters.”