Halloween spending is frightening!

October 16, 2013 in Best of Both, Finances, Halloween, Holiday by MyBestofBothWorlds

To me, Halloween spending is frightening!  Halloween has always been a time of fun and celebration in our family.  I’ve carved many pumpkins over the course of my nineteen years as a Mama.  I’ve also always decorated our home and our windows with spooky and cute cut-outs.  Each year we buy customes and candy to give out to neighborhood children.

As we were shopping last week, my son practically begged me to buy tombstones to put in our front yard.  He emphatically pleaded that we NEEDED THEM!!  I on the other hand had a great resolve as I was not about to plunk down $20 per tomb stone! No way – No how!

Lots of scary ghouls!

Sean Eddie checking out all the scary ghouls!

No some of this I attribute to him being a boy and his great love / obsession with Zombies to have this transformation of our front yard into a spooky graveyard.  Some if it I attribute to our neighbors going all out in terms of decorating their houses.

We passed adjacent homes recently, and there was not a square foot of space that didn’t have a ghoul, witch, skeleton spider, monster, or some other type of creepy creature. These houses had animated figures, using lighting and even scary sound effects.  They have bones reaching out of the ground, flying creepy crows as we all devils popping out from behind the trees.

more scary stuff

more scary stuff

We got out of the car to take a closer look and my husband commented I wonder what their LIPA (electric) bill looks like?

more

more

So I got curious about how much American’s spend on Halloween, because remember we are in a recession since 2008.  You won’t know by the amount of monies changing hands for the creepy critters.

no coincidence that Sean Eddie has his favorite Zombie shirt on!!

no coincidence that Sean Eddie has his favorite Zombie shirt on!!

Care to take a guess??

spooky!

spooky!

According to a Google search the average was about $8 billion was spent last year in the US making it the eighth biggest holiday in terms of sales—now that’s alotta broom sticks, cauldrons, candy corn and costumes!  Halloween spending is big business! With some many of us celebrating we are spending on average about $80 each.  Well for sure the people who decorate their houses to the hilt did alot more than $80 per person!!

not too much free space left!!

not too much free space left!!

It’s all in good fun, but I never thought of the price tag associated it with all.  I guess I’ll be waiting for the after Halloween sale to shop for tombstones!