What to wear, what to wear? With Halloween just 17 days away, many of us are still on the fence about what we will be wearing come Oct. 31.
As for me, I will be wearing the same costume I wore last year as I handed out candy to a few neighborhood children. I’ll be dressed as an aging Southern belle, minus the hoopskirt, parasol and mint julep! Some of you are probably scratching your heads and thinking, “Doesn’t she dress that way EVERYDAY?” I beg to differ.
Most days, I dress as an overworked, underappreciated mother of three who HAPPENS to be an aging Southern belle — minus the hoopskirt, parasol, etc. See the difference? I thought as much!
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Halloween consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person will spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy, up from $72.31 last year, with total Halloween spending expected to reach $8 billion overall. Of those buying or making costumes, the average person will spend $28.65 on costumes this year, up slightly from $26.52 in 2011.
“By the time Halloween rolls around each year, it’s safe to say Americans have already spent two months preparing for one of the fastest-growing and most widely loved holidays of the year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers know that when it comes to Halloween, new costume ideas for children, adults and pets, and the latest in home and yard décor top peoples’ shopping list. We expect retailers to stock their shelves well ahead of time to capture the attention of eager holiday shoppers.”
However, if you are among those of us who would rather not spend a lot of money on a Halloween costume you or your children will possibly only wear once, then this column is for you.
See Sunday's edition for more details.