Halloween is fast approaching and with it comes many opportunities to spend money. The National Retail Federation predicts that 5 billion dollars will be spent on Halloween products this year.
5 billion dolllars!
Drugstores and grocery stores are flooded with Halloween products. Such as…
Halloween shot glasses
3 pack of shot glasses (one is never enough) in an acetate box (landfill bound)
and of course Halloween lighting
The Halloween eyeball light set
Do we need these items to celebrate Halloween?
How do we stop the commercialization of Halloween? Simple, we need to stop buying Halloween stuff. If we don’t buy Halloween products, companies will stop making them.
<it’s time for the Wayback Machine>
My childhood Halloween memories include homemade or acquired costumes, community haunted houses, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating with a brown paper bag. Decorations were practically non-existent and always homemade.
Does Halloween need to be any more than this?
In years past my kids have asked me to buy Halloween decorations: lights, spiders, plastic pumpkins…. “Come on Mom. Everyone else has them.” I politely said No (the ‘everyone else has them‘ argument doesn’t work with me).
This year my kids haven’t asked for Halloween decorations. Perhaps they know it’s hopeless to ask. Or maybe just maybe, they’ve come to realize that buying Halloween products is unnecessary.
Halloween can be fun without special Halloween shot glasses, plastic tombstones or lighting.
Have a Fun (non-consumer) Halloween!