Life

TRICK-OR-TREAT SPENDING —VERRRY SCARRRY

BARBARA WICKENS November 3 2003
Life

TRICK-OR-TREAT SPENDING —VERRRY SCARRRY

BARBARA WICKENS November 3 2003

TRICK-OR-TREAT SPENDING —VERRRY SCARRRY

BARBARA WICKENS

HALLOWEEN HAS become fright night for parents too, as spending for costumes, candy and other supplies continues to escalate. Some analysts say it’s become the year’s second-most expensive holiday. Some ghoulish Halloween figures:

Amount the Retail Council of Canada estimates we spend on candy, costumes, decorations and party supplies:

$800 million

Jump in spending from September 2002 to October 2002 in candy, nut and confectionary stores:

22 per cent or $4.5 million For clothing rental/costumes:

8 per cent or $2.4 million Amount American consumers spend on costumes alone: $2 billion Projected increase this year over last:

15 per cent

Percentage of Spiderman costumes that sold out last year: 98 Percentage of adult-sized outfits among total costume sales: 35 Amount kids’ costumes by designer Tom Arma are selling for on eBay: $165 Increase over retail: 300 per cent