Halloween isn’t dead: Celebrations, spending continue amid COVID-19

Although COVID-19 has the potential to put a damper on holiday plans, Halloween will still go on this year.

Total Halloween spending in the U.S. is estimated to reach $8 billion this year, down slightly from last year’s $8.8 billion, according to an annual Halloween spending survey from the National Retail Federation. The survey estimated spending to be about $92 per person on costumes, decorations, candy and other spooky expenditures.

Of the Midwesterners surveyed on how they will celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, the most popular activities planned include handing out candy (63%), decorating the house (52%), carving jack o’lanterns (45%), dressing up in costume (39%) and throwing or attending a party (22%).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a list of guidelines for safely celebrating Halloween that advise choosing outdoor activities, like visiting a pumpkin patch, corn maze or orchard; avoiding close contact with others; wearing a face mask, not just a costume mask; and sanitizing hands frequently.


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