Today is the day - IT'S HALLOWEEN! While this is the creepiest time of year, it's also a great night for the owners of smart home technology, especially a video doorbell! You can see who is at the front door, right on your smart phone. You can even have conversations with people from anywhere. This is a huge help if you have a party to attend, and will be leaving the basket of "please take one" on your front porch. Nothing scares kids more than an ambient voice coming from a bright green light of your Skybell!
Be prepared for the traffic that will be haunting your front door this year. When superstition runs rampant and treats always come with the potential for a trick! But did you know that ringing doorbells and lighting candles are thought to ward away witches, ghosts and evil spirits? And how frightening can haunted houses really be when the are "charitable"? It's true, the profits often go towards food pantries, shelters and many of the haunted hay-rides and haunted houses are actually run by churches or other charitable organizations!
TRICK OR TREATING WITH PETS
You will notice more and more families trick or treating with their dogs (or cat's on leashes - I swear, this exists). People also love putting costumes on pets, including super hero and Star Wars outfits (particularly wookie & ewok costumes) seem to be a favorite of smaller, tea-cup sized pups. Some folks even offer treats to the trick-or-treating dogs braving the night of terror. When you are stocking up on your candy, be sure to grab a box of treats as well!
THE CANDY TAX
Some parents are teaching their kids about finance, taxes and paying their fair share by enforcing the dreaded "Candy Tax". This can vary from state to state, but for every 10 pieces of candy, 2 pieces need to go to the parents. This helps kids understand why we pay taxes, and gives a great opportunity for you to teach kids about how the police, school system and firefighters are funded. AND it gets you a bunch of candy... Keep in mind, your state may have a higher tax rate so adjust accordingly, and if they earn more than 5,000 pieces of candy in a single night, that is a 60% tax rate... ouch! However, in New Hampshire, there is no tax (#donttreadonme) so the kids get to keep it all.
Americans love Halloween, and all of it's scary holiday trimmings. Here are some fiscal facts about how much we actually love the season, and how much we are willing to spend to scare ourselves and each other!
$8.8 Billion: Projected Halloween spending in 2019
$3.2 Billion: Halloween costume spending in 2019
$2.6 Billion: Halloween candy spending in 2019
36% of parents think 12 or 13 years old is old enough to trick-of-treat alone
69% of Americans plan to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters
72% of parents admit to stealing candy from their kids
$4.65: Average retail price of a pumpkin (up 5.9% from 2018)
$300+ Million: Annual revenue from ticket sales for haunted attractions, 80% of which are run by charities
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