It seems that there is one thing that can unite voters this election cycle: Halloween.
Americans are slated to spend about $8.4 billion this October for costumes, candy and parties, an all-time high since the National Retail Federation first began tracking Halloween spending 11 years ago.
The record high spending isn't a glitch, said Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director for Prosper Insights & Analytics. In fact, it's right on trend.
"During presidential election cycles, we tend to see spikes in planned Halloween spending as well as intent among adults to dress in costume," she told CNBC. "This has been especially apparent since the Great Recession, so it seems that uncertainty in the economy as well as the political arena create a bigger need for consumers to 'escape' their everyday lives and have a little fun on Halloween for a relatively small financial outlay."