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The Big Business Of Halloween In America [Infographic]

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.

10 DIY Ways To Have A Waste-Free Halloween

The Green Halloween Guide

10 Halloween Pranks That Don’t Damage Property

Real Halloween Treats, Not Sugary Tricks

How Halloween Can Fight Hunger

Give Used Halloween Candy Wrappers A Second Life

13 Halloween Sugar Substitutes

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

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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8:01AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

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!

3:48PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

You've got to be kidding

5:26AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Hvala.

5:17AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Thanks.

11:04AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

commercialism at its finest

8:22AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

hmmm

1:36PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

THANKS

9:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Interesting article!

8:20AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thank you for the article.

5:10PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

I don't appear to be the "average consumer" as portrayed on the infographic! ;-)

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