The Big Business Of Halloween In America [Infographic]

Tonight, a funny thing will happen in neighborhoods all over the country: pint-sized ninjas, cowboys, ghosts, and princesses will all be seen hanging out together in the twilight, knocking on doors. Surprisingly, the residents within will not phone the police.

Instead, they will reward these motley crews with enough candy and treats to keep them bouncing off the walls late into the night. But there’s something decidedly un-cute about this holiday lurking under the surface: massive spending and waste.

According to economic experts, the average American (that’s individuals, not families) will spend over $70 on Halloween decorations, costumes, and candy this year. And that translates into big bucks for the corporations who make all this flimsy stuff.

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The Business Behind Halloween

In a time when the American economy is on the verge of a shut-down, families have been foreclosed on, and millions are still looking for work, this seems like an awfully frivolous way to spend our money, doesn’t it?

Halloween, like all holidays, should be a time for spending some with friends…and that doesn’t have to cost a thing. Check out these clever Care2 posts for having a safe, happy, and shareable Halloween.

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Top Image Credit: Flickr - daveynin
Infographic via Business Credit Cards Blog

37 comments

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Katie D.
Katie D.3 years ago

We are not the average consumer here, don't do near this!
There are ways to have fun without spending all this!
We've had times a cookie was a treat!
or just a apple. some People have ruined this!
Thank you foir the Information!

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

You've got to be kidding

Ajla C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Hvala.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

commercialism at its finest

a             y m.
g d c.3 years ago

hmmm

Debra Griffin
Debra B.4 years ago

THANKS

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

Interesting article!

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel4 years ago

Thank you for the article.