The Numbers Are In:  When It Comes To Halloween…

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Complete Dark Knight-Inspired Costume:  $2,499.99.

And at Halloween, nobody excesses like we Americans.

It’s an opportunity for adults to don costumes and extreme makeup, and pretend to be someone else for a night.

It’s an opportunity for kids to don costumes and maybe makeup, and pretend they won’t gorge themselves on candy throughout the night.

It’s an opportunity for Americans to spend almost $9 billion and make retailers very, very happy.

It’s Halloween.

At the risk of being a party pooper…

I think we could rethink the whole Halloween thing.

Not do away with it – I know Halloween is fun for a lot of people, and fun is a good thing.

But when I learned what Americans just spent on Halloween, it was so over-the-top, it stunned me:

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Almost $9 billion.

For this:

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And this:

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And this:

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And that $9 billion?

That’s more than twice what we gave to charities in 2018:

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And the number of charities that are closing is increasing – from 2017 to 2018, charity closures increased by 27%.

Yes, there are a number of reasons why charities close – perhaps their mission was accomplished, or they became outdated, or they did something illegal.shelter closed

But when a homeless shelter, or a battered women’s shelter, or an animal shelter closes due to lack of funding…

I find that very sad.

No, I’m not suggesting we cancel Halloween, take that $9 billion and give it all to charity.

But maybe next year, just maybe, we could do just one thing differently.

Just one.

Maybe next year, instead of spending that entire $2.6 billion on candy, what if we did something good for our communities, and then handed out these cards to the trick-or-treaters?

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Before you thumbs-down the idea, stop and think:

Are parents going to get angry because you didn’t:cavities_01

  • Contribute to their kids’ sugar rush?
  • Contribute to their kids’ potential dental problems?
  • Contribute to their kids’ potential weight issues?

I think not.

And if the trick-or-treaters get mad because you gave to a charity on their behalf…

Perhaps the parents will have the “Priorities” talk with their kids.

While we’re at it, why not one of these as a stocking stuffer?

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Why not?

And who knows?

Maybe you’ll start something that spreads.

Maybe you’ll be a trend setter.

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