Halloween Costumes in America: The 2017 Celebration Census

Atmos FX review of their window/wall projection decoration. Disclaimer: The product was given to me for free to review.

First impressions: WOW! This unit has many slides and more can be added. In addition to this the unit comes with slides for all occasions. The fun begins with Halloween, then goes on to Christmas/Holidays, Birthdays, Easter, Valentine’s Day and with the option of uploading the possibilities are endless.

If you are interested in learning about how much analysis goes into the planning of a great product just look at the tip of the iceberg in data that can help anyone plan a financially sound Halloween product.

Key Findings:
• 1 in 4 Americans Dress Up for Halloween
• Women are more likely have horror, cartoon, and superhero costumes.
• Men are more likely to dress as animals and objects.
• 21.6% of Americans will spend $3.4 Billion on Halloween costumes this year
*Source: https://atmosfx.com/blogs/community/costumes-in-america-the-celebration-census-results
Press Release: Halloween, of course, is known for costumes, candy and kids – and the great outpouring of community that comes with it all. Sometimes it is easy to forget that America also celebrates this holiday by decorating. It might be a haunted house or an office party. Often, it is a household Halloween display that becomes something of a neighborhood celebration.
When people celebrate for Halloween, they decorate. But, what more do we know about how people decorate for this fun, community holiday? When it comes to scientific answers, the data is often sparse and widespread.
Who Has the Spirit this Halloween?
If it is reduced down to a simple yes-or-no question regarding decorating for Halloween, the results are clear: 70% of Americans are sticks-in-the-mud. Only 30% say they will be decorating either their home or office. Boo to that!
When given a more diverse range of options, their feelings toward decorating for Halloween is much more nuanced.
34.6% don’t decorate at all
20.8% have a few decorations they sometimes put up
20.4% decorate every Halloween with a few items
8.3% put a lot of decorations up
12.1% decorated in the past but not in a long time
3.8% really go over the top with decorating
12.1% of those surveyed have the ideal Halloween spirit — they put a lot of decorations up, or they really overdo it!
You’ll Always Be A Kid on Halloween: People between the ages of 35 and 44 were the most enthusiastic about decorating – 39.2% of respondents said they did!
The Current State of Decorating
Where do the people who love to decorate live? No real surprise here – decorators tend to be proportionate to the population centers here in the United States. California, Florida and Pennsylvania are gold through bronze, with New York and Texas rounding out the Top Five.
Women Win Again!
When we look at the respondents who tell us they are enthusiastic about decorating for Halloween, we learn something else about those with the spooky spirit. Of those who decorate every Halloween, have lots of decorations and are seeking more, or who like to turn their home into a theme park (32.5% of total respondents) WOMEN are much more likely to do so than men.
Where Does the Dollar Go?
When it comes to money spent on Halloween, decorations are low on the list of expenditures – costumes and candy are far-and-away our respondents’ biggest purchase, approaching 60%. Decorations placed inside or out of the home (both physical and digital) lag behind even party supplies (6.8%) and attractions (4.0%) as expenditures. All told, only 6.9% of the respondents spend the bulk of their money on physical or digital decorations.
• 36.3% Candy
• 23.2% Costumes
• 6.8% Party Supplies
• 5.2% Physical Decorations (like wall hangings, yard decorations)
• 4.0% Attractions or Events
• 1.7% Non-Physical Decorations (like music soundtracks, AtmosFX Digital Decorations)
• 1.2% Lights
• 21.6% None of the Above
Good News! If you want to make your mark in your neighborhood with a supremely cool Halloween display, you’ll be joining only 6.9% of the populace! But do it now! Because once they see your work, they’ll bound to be more!
Dollars and Decorations
When we look at how much people spend on decorations, the numbers seem to square with earlier data – that is, people don’t a lot of money on decorations comparative to other expenditures. They tend to use items year-after-year, which does cut down on costs. Eighty-two percent of respondents spend less than $50 each year, with nearly 60% keeping in under a $20.
How much do you typically spend on Halloween decorations each year?
Here’s what we found at AtmosFX:
• 59.4% $0-$20
• 23.4% $21-$50
• 9.8% $51-$100
• 3.8% $101-$250
• 1.2% $251-$500
• 0.5% $501-$1,000
• 0.4% $1,001-$5,000
• 1.5% More than $5,000
When People Go Big, They Go Big! While most people seem to keep a low budget when purchasing decorations, the group that goes all-in really does so! People who say they will spend more than $5,000 a year account for more people than in the $251-$500, $501-$1,000 and the $1,001-$5,000 groups!

About This Report

The AtmosFX Census is a part of an ongoing study of people’s spending patterns, behavior, and insights into celebration and popular culture.
The data this report was collected by an independent third party survey company, exclusively for AtmosFX in June 2017. The sample size was 1,000 individual responses, via a blind online panel, distributed across gender, age, and location in the United States. Most responses have a confidence interval of about 3.4%.
-From the AtmosFX Celebration Census
About AtmosFX
AtmosFX is a digital decorating company that helps people customize their homes for holidays and celebrations with fun and entertaining animated characters and stories. From a crafty, yet clumsy witch, to Santa himself, zombies, a winter wonderland, and more, AtmosFX offers a variety of beautifully animated, amusement-park-quality scenes and characters that can be viewed on any tv or monitor, and projected on flat surfaces–even windows.
AtmosFX was founded in 2008 by Pete Reichert, a former MTV Producer, and Pete Williams, an animator, and show creator. Both were inspired by high-end video installations they had produced for amusement parks and museums. Today, AtmosFX is the fastest growing digital home decorating company with customers in more than 100 countries around the world. There are dozens of AtmosFX Digital Decorations on the market, as well as additional peripheral products. To learn more, visit www.AtmosFX.com

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