The Cost of Halloween

Catherine Lysaught, Staff Writer

Halloween has always been a widely celebrated holiday, with people of all ages dressing up and getting festive, but over the years, the cost of this holiday has grown with the participation. This year, calculated that 69% of people participating in Halloween are leaving behind the homemade costumes and buying expensive and intricate costumes and decorations.

For the 2017 Halloween season, the National Retail Federation has predicted that almost 179 million Americans are planning on celebrating Halloween in some way, up from last years record-breaking 171 million Americans. As more and more Americans celebrate Halloween, the cost has increased. “This year, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2016” (National Retail Federation).

To simplify, every American participating in Halloween festivities are predicted to spend an average of $86.13 each, according to ABC News. This money is being spent on costumes, candy, decorations, and events that all take place on the spookiest night of the year.

For just the human costumes, Americans are predicted to spend $3.4 billion this year, but costumes are no longer just for people. With the increase in the trend of dressing up family pets, almost 29 million Americans say that they are planning to dress their pets for Halloween. Costumes for pets alone are predicted at $440 million this year, up from last years $420 million (ABC News).

The candy alone is one of the costlier expenses involved in Halloween, and predicts that in total, Americans will spend almost $2.7 billion on candy this year. Buying candy is only beaten by costumes, which is predicted at $3.4 billion for the 2017 year, making Halloween the fourth most expensive holiday for Americans.