Do You Know the True Cost of Trick or Treating?

The true cost of trick or treating…. Let’s break it down: Approximately 38 million trick-or-treaters will roam America’s neighborhoods this year, collecting candy from nearly 59 million households. That means for every one trick-or-treater, there will be about 1.5 homes distributing treats. Sounds like good odds, right? Now, the average adult spends $21.05 on Halloween candy. So, if all the purchased candy were distributed equally among all trick-or-treaters (which it actually isn’t, since 41 percent of adults eat candy from their own bowls), every child would come home with a bag of candy worth $31.58. That’s a $10.53 profit for every trick-or-treater! So, if your household is sending out at least one trick-or-treater, by the end of the night you may have earned back your initial candy investment and then some. But wait, there’s more to consider…

But hang on. We can’t ignore the other big cost of trick-or-treating — costumes. The average adult spends $26.52 on Halloween costumes, which is more than double the potential profit a household could make on candy. You’d need to have at least three trick-or-treaters collecting sweets in order to come out in the black on October 31. A family of four, two parents and two children, will be at least $5.46 in the hole, even when considering their kids’ “candy income.” However, by hand-making costumes instead of buying them, a household could save that extra money and still come out on top.

But what about families who transform their homes into haunted houses and mail out spooky greeting cards? What about households that don’t send out any trick-or-treaters at all? All right, so maybe the holidays aren’t the time to think about making profits. But you can still have fun without breaking the bank. When all is said and done, the average person spends about $72.32 every Halloween…. To get the whole break down, get more details on The True Cost of Trick or Treating

Where do you spend the most at Halloween – Parties, costumes, food, candy? Share some comments! I love to hear from ya’all….

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