Halloween, more than any other holiday, is a flight of fantasy. This year it shimmers like a pool of fresh water, poised to quench our social thirst and, for many, a secret desire to be someone else for a night.  

Even though things still aren’t back to the way they were before — or even close to it — trying to make things as normal as possible is a good way to put some excitement back in your children’s lives. But that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be good for your wallet. Buying candy to put out can be expensive if you live in an area where trick-or-treating is a big thing.

  • Halloween is big business, adding about $10 billion to the economy annually. 
  • 2021 is expected to be the most expensive Halloween ever.
  • 65% of Americans expect to celebrate in 2021.
  • The average American plans to spend about $100 on Halloween supplies.
  • 2021 spending on candy and decorations, to-date, is up from last year.
  • Branded costumes are still the most popular, with Spiderman, “princess,” and “superhero” rounding out the top three.
  • More pets are being festooned with costumes than ever before. 

Doorbell cameras are a welcome addition to the Halloween starter pack, making it possible to leave a trough of candy out and make sure kids take only one. Some people use their doorbells to make scary noises, but unfortunately the young ones adapt quickly to our technology. In keeping with the times, another fun addition would be setting a selfie-studio on your porch. Either with a background or 3-D props, you can provide a surreal or scary aesthetic that people will want to pose in. 

JHA’s lifestyle concierge services will do your Halloween shopping for you. And your Chanukah or Christmas shopping. New Year’s, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s — Passover, Easter, Eid al-Fitr, high school graduation — you name it, we can shop it for you! 

For more information, contact us.