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Halloween Trends 2007

 

Costumes

2007 movie releases will have a huge influence on costume trends for Halloween 2007. Look for Pirates to be the largest costume trend for the season. With the release of the 3rd entry in the Pirates of the Caribean franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End" due in May, eye patches, swords, scarves, and tri-corn hats are expected to be in demand.

Other franchise installments include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Shrek the Third, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Spiderman 3. Rob Zombie's Halloween, due August 2007 will introduce Michael Myers to a new audience.


Major Retailers Display Halloween Early

Last year, Wal-Mart rolled out its Halloween section, "Spooky Central," in mid-August. Over Labor Day weekend, Target introduced its "Harvest Hollow," "Maple Manor" and "Creepy Cottage" collections, among others. Even home-improvement retailers are getting in on the act, with Home Depot adding Halloween decorations to its stores for the first time in '06. Halloween decor is still trending up, and it is often displayed with seasonal fall merchandise.

The boom in Halloween business is a trend analysts are seeing across the country, and it continues to grow each year. Halloween is no longer just about costumes and candy. It's now the second-biggest decorating holiday of the year - behind Christmas. In '06 Halloween spending grew to nearly $5 billion, up from about $3.3 billion in '05,


Vintage

Vintage-inspired trends continue in Halloween decor. The aged look of vintage postcards influenced Halloween 2005, and remains strong for 2007.


Candy

More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. Americans spent about $2 billion on Halloween candy last year.


Falloween

Falloween (fawl.oh.WEEN) n. An extended celebration or observance of Halloween, often beginning several weeks before the day; the retail season that extends from the beginning of fall through Halloween and Thanksgiving in the U.S.


Pets

In 2007, Americans' spending on pets is projected to be higher than ever at $40.8 billion. Total pet spending in 2006 was $38.5 billion.Look for the continued growth of gift giving, and an increasing number of "human" product companies expanding their lines to include pet products. More than three-and-a-half million Americans purchased Halloween products for their pets in '06 according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. That's up a million from just three years ago. According to APPMA, pet owners spend an average of $17 per gift- that equates to $59.5 million on Halloween products for pets.

Halloween pet products include costumes, Halloween shaped baked and frosted treats, catnip filled pumpkins, candy corn squeaky toys, designer Halloween pet carriers, edible rawhide Halloween cards, and illuminated collars and leads.


Yard Art

For 2007 the focus continues to lean towards realism. Graveyard scenes will set the mood, with fog machines and strobe-lights enhancing the eery effect. Fog machines are now sold at lower prices, so expct to see even more of them this year. Skeleton heads, hands, and feet will poke out of the ground. Tombstones will have cute sayings, and many graveyard additions will be lighted.


Halloween Parties

Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, look for haunted houses to extend their run and home decor to remain in place longer. Expect Halloween spending to ramp up with parties the weekend before, on Halloween, and the weekend after the holiday.


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