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John F. O'Hara
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U.S. Halloween Spending to Set Records

October 8, 2014 1:32 am

More costumes than ever will be flying off the shelves as Americans gear up to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. More than two-thirds of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year history. The average person will spend $77.52 this Halloween, compared to $75.03 last year. Total spending on Halloween this year will reach $7.4 billion, with $2.8 billion being spent on costumes alone.

“As one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays, Halloween has retailers of all shapes and sizes preparing their stores and websites for the busy fall shopping season,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “There’s no question that the variety of adult, child and even pet costumes now available has driven the demand and popularity of Halloween among consumers of all ages. And, with the holiday falling on a Friday this year, we fully expect there will be a record number of consumers taking to the streets, visiting haunted houses and throwing unforgettable celebrations.”

Celebrants are set to shell out $1.1 billion on children’s costumes and $1.4 billion on adult costumes. It is clear Fido and Fluffy will not be forgotten: Americans will spend $350 million on costumes for their furry friends.

Consumers will celebrate the holiday in many different ways, but topping the list of planned activities:
  • Handing out candy (71.1 percent)
  • Decorating their homes and yards (46.7 percent)
  • Dressing in costume (45.8 percent)
  • Throw or attend a party (33.4 percent)
For some consumers, the U.S. economy is still top-of-mind. According to the survey, 18.8 percent say the state of the U.S. economy will impact their Halloween spending plans. Specifically, nearly two in five of those impacted will utilize their creative skills and make their own costumes rather than buying a new one this Halloween.

Source: National Retail Federation

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Personalize Your Front Door in 2015

October 8, 2014 1:32 am

Do you know what your front door says about you? According to Kate Smith of Sensational Color, the color of the front door reflects highly on the personality of the homeowner. Smith recommends showcasing your personality with one of the exterior colors trending in 2015. Which hue is right for you?

1. Bronze or warm sand
– You’re practical and strong-willed, with a natural desire to organize your home.

2. Turquoise – You’re a charismatic host, creating memorable get-togethers at home.

3. Misty or grey blue – You pick up new skills with ease, and your home is your oasis.

4. Soft green
– You’re an adventurer, and you enjoy planning activities in and out of the home with family and friends.

5. Espresso brown – You’re a deep thinker who purposes your home as a space for learning.

Source: Consumer Reports

Published with permission from RISMedia.