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:
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
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