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On October 6, 2009. By Fran, under Tech Talk.
One of the spookiest parts of Halloween this year may be the amount people plan to spend on celebrating the 31st. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, consumers are expected to spend an average of $56.31 on Halloween, down from $66.54 total spending on the holiday is expected to plummet.
Like most holidays, Halloween will also be hit hard by the economic strife making this season a bit more frightful, but not in a good way. A report surfaced regarding that 71.2% households will forgo passing out candies to local children taking part in the most festive event, trick or treating. I find this appalling to suggest that the average American or 71.2% has suffered so greatly that a few bags of candy and the cost is a deal breaker for a few dozen children ringing neighborhood doors.
Frankly I also find the decline in costumes or dressing up, even pumpkin carving will plummet so drastically that kids & teens will show unpainted, uncloaked faces, pumpkins will only be cut for making pies to feed the homeless and Halloween parties will require canned goods before entering. I wonder sometimes who actually runs these reports and what group of educated persons comes to statics on such degrees of ridiculousness. Halloween has and always will be about resources. Taking bed sheets, broken charcoal for face painting, and flour in a sock, you know using what is around. I can remember getting pennies in my treat bag and as much as that was always a complete downer, it was still something.
I say take all the pennies you can find, or passing up fast food for lunch, lotto, even that rainy day cash we all have tucked away and spend it on treats, and if you’re still that destitute, send all those kids to my house, the one on the block with the carved pumpkins, spooky decorations and plenty of trick and treats to go round, even if it cost me a dollar and a dream.
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