Both friend and foe of this holiday may be surprised to hear
that in the US this year consumers are projected to spend $6.9 billion on Halloween!
This is down from last year’s number of $8 billion. Halloween is the
second-most commercial US holiday.
- 47.5% decorate their home or yard
43.6% wear a costume
Halloween, based on the Gaelic festival “Samhain” (sah-win) dates
back about 2000 years and means “summer’s end” in Gaelic. By the late 1800’s playing pranks on Halloween
was a well-established tradition in the US and Canada. Tipping over outhouses,
throwing eggs at homes and unlatching farmer’s gates were some of the most
popular pranks. Vandalism and rowdy block parties nearly put an end to
Halloween by the 1920’s and 1930’s. In an attempted to stem the violence,
concerned parents and town leaders encouraged kids to dress up in costumes in
exchange for sweets.
Consumers spend $75.08 per person of which $22.37 is spent on
candy. After buying and eating far too much candy, I know what I’m going to do
with the rest of the money. I’m going to spend it on one of my favorite Halloween tradition, Pumpkin
Ale, and it’s brewed right here in Pearl River. It’s Headless Horseman Pumpkin
Ale brewed at Defiant Brewery Co. located directly across from the train
station at 6 East Dexter Plaza, Pearl River, NY. Stop by, have a sample and pick
up a growler (jug) while supplies last and bring it to the party.
- Top Children’s Costume – Princess
Top Adult Costume –Witch
13.8% dress up their pets...
- Top Pet Costume – Pumpkin