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Halloween already?!!!!!

September 9th, 2011 at 02:53 am

Ugh. I don't know why I have my undies in a bunch about this this year, but man its ANNOYING to see Halloween candy and cupcake displays already. And Goodwill and Fred Meyer have the costume displays up.

Halloween is definitely turning into retail alt-Christmas. Yikes!

10 Responses to “Halloween already?!!!!!”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I think retail is making up for the past couple years of economic downturn. I know around here, if you wait too long to shop, you have little to no choices..however, I totally agree with you that it seems much to early. On a side note...several stores here are already putting up Christmas decor....

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I totally agree. It takes the fun out of holidays to be inundated with stuff months ahead of time.

  3. marvholly Says:

    I saw my local CVS store putting up the Halloween/Fall decoration stuff on 9/6. Really, that is only 7 weeks before the holiday.

    Stores will be doing the Christmas displays about 7-8 weeks before, esp since the holiday is on a Sus this year and Sat is likely to be an early close.

  4. littlegopher Says:

    I know at Target, it was too bad if you needed some school supplies once school actually started (even the week before the week was a bit empty.) Halloween was swooping into the spot!

  5. starfishy Says:

    I agree - there's been Halloween candy in my local grocery store since mid-august!! I was still interested in enjoying summer, not thinking about late fall, which will come soon enough.

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    I saw Christmas cards and wrap at Costco last weekend Frown

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    The local Goodwill has had a banner that says COSTUME in foot high letters since the middle of August. This morning when I stopped by the grocery store, I had to wait while they wheeled a big display of pumpkins into the store. I was like, SERIOUSLY?

  8. baselle Says:

    marv - understand that a retailer would want to prepare ahead and take into account the number of available weekends (shopping days for us who still work the usual hours).

    Just feels like the pace of it is faster and faster. And maybe I'm turning into an old fart faster and faster too.

    But I can imagine that the early bird buyer of the Halloween candy gets tempted by it in the house, eats it, then has to replace it ... and does that several times before Oct 31. And if said shopper does that, they can't get into the Halloween costume they bought early. And the shopper has to replace that too.

    A quadruple win for the retailer. Big Grin

  9. littlegopher Says:

    hitting my imaginary "like" button for baselle's comment Smile

  10. GrimJack Says:

    Another factor that comes into play is the length of time it takes for container ships to get here from China; it takes from 20-23 days for a container ship to get to LA or SD; 30-32 days to Houston; 34-37 days to New York/New Jersey. Since they have placed the orders, they need to make sure there is a market for the stuff.

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