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Halloween statistics 2019
How much do British people spend on their spooky celebrations every year?
The latest stats
How big is Halloween in the UK?
How much will we spend on pumpkins?
With a quarter of Brits (25%) saying that they tend to buy a pumpkin for Halloween, this means that almost 17 million pumpkins (16.973 million) will be bought in preparation for Halloween this year. The total cost of this will be £29.2 million. A combination of rising prices and a slight growth in the UK’s population means that this figure has increased by £4.1 million since 2017 (it was £25.1 million then).
Pumpkin prices rising
Finder found that the average price of a pumpkin was £1.51 back in October 2017, and it has risen to £1.72 in October 2019. However, taking into account inflation, the price of a pumpkin should sit at just £1.56, meaning that pumpkins are costing Brits 16p more than they should be.
In other words, pumpkin prices have risen over three times more than inflation dictates they should have in that period (a 14.2% price rise versus a 4.33% expected price rise).
How much do we spend on Halloween in the UK?
Estimated Halloween spending rose steadily between 2013 and 2016, from £230 million to £310 million. The following year then saw a big spike in spending, which rose by almost a third to £400 million, before a modest increase to £419 million in 2018. By averaging the percentage increase over these five years, we can expect Halloween spending in 2019 to be around £474 million.
How many Brits believe in ghosts?
For some people, ghosts are more than just an option for a Halloween outfit. Surprisingly, over half (59%) of 18 to 24 year olds either believe in or are unsure whether ghosts exist. At the other end of the spectrum, those aged 55+ are the least likely to believe in ghosts, although with only 53% not believing in them, this means that 47% still think that ghosts either maybe or definitely do exist.
|18 to 24 y/o||39%||41%||20%|
|35 to 54 y/o||35%||44%||21%|
How to carve the best jack-o’-lantern
How to make the most out of your pumpkin
If you’re spending the money on a pumpkin, you may as well get the most out of your money, right? Here are some cost-saving ways you can reduce waste this Halloween:
- Make pumpkin soup. This is a warm, delicious dish that can be made in a variety of ways. Whether you make it creamy with roasted pumpkins, or with chilli and Thai coconut, there’s a flavour for everyone!
- Create tasty pumpkin seeds. Scoop out the seeds, remove any pumpkin flesh still attached and then rinse them off. Place the seeds on a baking tray and add some olive oil and any additional ingredients you desire (e.g. salt, chilli), then mix the whole lot together. Bake the seeds in the oven until lightly golden brown. Yum!
- Use the remains as compost. Cut up the leftovers of your jack-o’-lantern – this will speed up the composting time – and add it to the pile! If you don’t have a compost pile already thriving, to get one started, make sure you have a balance of brown (leaves, wood chips) and green (grass trimmings, kitchen waste) plant matter and enough water.
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