Halloween spending up as area residents boost their decorations

Americans are spending more money on Halloween decorations this year than in the past according to a national study, and the trend is hard to miss locally with a rising number of area residents going all out on creating the spookiest “home haunts.”

An annual study conducted by Lombardo Homes shows that 79% of Americans are decorating for the fall holiday this year. That is up from 71% in 2022.

The average amount spent on decorations for the 2023 season is $87, up from $61 last year. This year’s increase may indicate a slight recovery of American pocketbooks after the sharp rise in inflation over the past two years, the study suggests.

Mike Foy, owner of Foy’s Halloween and Variety Store in Fairborn, can attest to this.

In the midst of the 10 busiest days of the year for his stores — he owns a total of five Halloween stores on the same stretch of Main Street — Foy said Friday he’s had to work harder this year to keep things stocked.

“We’re ordering more items this year and selling out of a crazy amount of stuff,” he said, noting that some of his most in-demand items at the moment include seasonal apparel like sweatshirts adorned with horror movie characters.

And Foy said he’s seen an increase in demand of even consistently popular Halloween items, like costumes and masks, facets of the holiday that he sees continue to charm adults and children alike.

“There’s people we’ll see from Fairborn all the time who maybe don’t talk much or are a bit shy and when they put on a mask, they change,” he said. “I think some people just love that they can let themselves be someone or do something they’ve never done before, and that’s fun to see.”

Sales of outdoor decorations are also up, a rise that’s reflected in the Lombardo Homes study, which ranks Ohio as 20th out of 50 in the “most-obsessed” states with decorating for Halloween category.

Foy said outdoor animatronic decorations are a big hit this year, noting a new shipment had just arrived at the store. He highlighted the technology’s continued advancement as a reason for the spike.

“It makes sense,” he said. “They’re getting better and nicer every year.”

Things like skeletons and other large props have gained popularity, too, he said.

Less than a mile away, Fairborn resident Shane Syx has filled his yard with these types of large figurines to create multiple different scenes, even incorporating non-holiday items like a riding lawnmower and a baby pool to bring his ideas to life.

Syx said that while he decorates every season and has for years, he’s noticed a growing trend, both of other residents in Fairborn beginning to decorate and of people coming out to see the decor.

“People will come and sit on the side of the road in their car to look, like how people drive around looking at Christmas lights,” he said.


Beggars Night — or trick-or-treat night — will be held in many communities across the region Tuesday, Oct. 31. Below are trick-or-treat dates and times, organized by community.

Fairfield: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Hamilton: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Madison Twp.: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Middletown: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Monroe: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Oxford: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Trenton: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

West Chester Twp.: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

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