Halloween fun on a budget: Frightfully good times for the whole family

Halloween season is highly anticipated and beloved by Americans of all ages. Photo: AP Photo

SAN DIEGO, October 22, 2013 — Halloween season is highly anticipated and beloved by Americans of all ages.

Halloween first arrived in the United States during the 1800s as Irish and English immigrants flooded America, and brought the Halloween tradition with them, according to Katla McGlynn in her article, “The History of Halloween, Plus 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Holiday,” published in HuffPost.

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Because many Americans are feeling uncertain about their economic futures, this year’s Halloween spending will undoubtedly be impacted.

According to a report by Gregory Wallace, in his article “Halloween spending seen cooling down this year,” published in CNNMoney, Wallace states that IBIS World projected that Halloween spending would grow only three percent, down from the nearly 18 percent last season.

Though there will be less spending on Halloween this year, Wallace further explains that The National Retail Federation estimated nearly $7 billion would be spent this year on costumes, candy, and artificial cobwebs.

For the candy industry, this is very good news. According to the National Confectioners Association, sweets-makers reap eight percent of their annual sales during Halloween, in an article by Jordan Weissman, “The Halloween Economy: $2 Billion in Candy, $300 Million in Pet Costumes.”

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Consumers are expected to spend a total of $1.4 billion on costumes for children and $330 million for pet costumes this year, cites Emily Roehler in her article, “Americans Shy Away from Scary Halloween Price Tag,” published in Nebraska.TV.

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Many Americans will be looking for new, less expensive ways to dress children, adults, pets, and other family members as they get into the Halloween spirit by preparing to attend parties, events and other activities, or simply walking around their neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating.

There are many ghoulish ideas for saving money and reducing the cost of Halloween costumes, such as:

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-renting, instead of purchasing
-keep an eye out for sales and get one at a discounted price
-visit your local thrift stores
-get creative and make your own

For more clever ideas on celebrating the Halloween season in style, go to www.AllAboutHalloween.com, to ensure your enjoyment of the scariest Halloween yet.

LivingGreenmag.com, in their article “Make Your Halloween Green: 5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Trick and Treat Time,” suggests the following Halloween fare which is healthy and certain to please even the hungriest witch or warlock:

-Toasted pumpkin seeds
-Crudités skeleton
-Shredded carrot salad (shaped like a pumpkin with raisin eyes)
-Baked apples with cinnamon
-Heirloom pumpkins stuffed with risotto
-Orange bell pepper and black olive pizza
-Air popped popcorn
-Guacamole brain dip
-Pumpkin or butternut squash soup
-Pumpkin cornbread
-Pretzels with fingers
-Simply spooky slaw
-Cider made with 100 percent organic apple juice, simmered with cinnamon sticks

Though two-thirds of Americans think the U.S. economy is on the decline, according to Gallup survey data published in Money.CNN.com, there is every reason for this Halloween season to be an enjoyable treat for the entire family, with the benefits from spending less money unlocking the trick to sharing more simple pleasures.

“When I was a kid,
Halloween was strictly a
holiday, with pumpkins and
Indian corn on the front
stoop; there was nothing inflatable,
nothing with latex,
membranes or strobes.”
-Susan Orlean

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities” columnist since 2011, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today.

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