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Halloween Corner

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Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal File Photo Volunteer Nicole Carlevato, 15, hands out candy to triplets Jane, from left, Susan and Adele Fliegler last year. This year, princesses and pirates are the most-anticipated costumes.

Halloween is just days away. This survey is from the National Retail Federation, which tracks what people spend money on.

Have you picked your costume yet? Here’s what other kids say they will be wearing:

1. Princess, 3.97 million kids

2. Pirate, 1.72 million

3. Witch, 1.65 million

4. Spider-Man, 1.51 million

5. Superman, 1.27 million

Adults like Halloween, too. Here’s how they will mark fright night:

Hand out candy, 73 percent

Decorate house/yard, 49 percent

Carve a pumpkin, 43 percent

Dress in costume, 34 percent

Go to a party, 30 percent

Americans will spend more than $4.95 billion on Halloween goodies this year. Here’s what the money will buy:

Costumes, $1.81 billion

Candy, $1.57 billion

Decorations, $1.31 billion

Cards, $.260 million

Halloween is the sixth-largest holiday in the United States, in terms of money spent each year. The top five:

Winter holidays, $457.4 billion

Mother’s Day, $13.8 billion

Valentine’s Day, $13.7 billion

Easter, $12.6 billion

Father’s Day, $9.01 billion