Believe it or not there's a silver lining to the downright scary economic outlook.
Halloween spending this year is expected to be big. Scary big.
Halloween time is big business. About $8.4 billion big. Last year the folks at Second Baptist Church on Walnut Grove in Memphis sold about $16,000 worth of pumpkins, flowers and bales of hay.
The church expect to sell even more over the next few weeks.
In fact this fundraiser for the youth ministries has almost sold out of the first shipment of Halloween decorations.
"Yeah, we've had real good sales last couple of weeks, a lot better than I actually anticipated," said Troy Edgington. "We do have another truck coming on (Oct.) 20th and will be restocked for the end of the month. Actually we sell pumpkins right up until the end of the month.
While they are selling everything at a brisk rate nothing seems to be jumping out in front.
"It just all depends some people just want pumpkins," he said. "We had a guy yesterday that bought six bales of hay. He didn't buy any pumpkins, just hay."
Funny thing. If you ask people if they fit the national average of about $80 per person, most say no way they fork over that much cash for jack-o-lanterns, costumes and decorations.
"I probably don't but I spend a fair amount $40 may be and every year, but a lot of people don't count decorations, you know for flowers etc.," said a customer.
It does not take long to add up. The large pumpkins at the church run $40 dollars. Grab a big one and a couple of small ones for $10 and you're getting close to $80. Buy four or five bags of candy, put the kids in some bunny rabbit costumes and mom in a Catwoman outfit - and hey, you're there. Unless you budget.
But it does sound good, so keep saying stay within a budget. It's only Halloween. The Great Pumpkin won't mind and Charlie Brown and the kids Won't mind if we only get one little bitty pumpkin.
That, my friends, and how we got to where we are spending more than $8 billion for pumpkins, bales of hay and costumes - although the little maid outfit was worth the money.
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