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Happy Halloween!

As catering and event professionals, Halloween is one of our most favorite times of the year. It's the unofficial start of the Holiday season, and more than any of the other holidays, it's a chance for us to truly tap into our creativity, and have a lot of fun! 

And it's a holiday that's growing in importance for our industry, as well, not just for kids!

 

According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.4 billion, an all-time high in the survey's 11-year history. U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $82.93, up from last year's $74.34, with more than 171 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities this year.

According to the survey, consumers plan to spend $3.1 billion on costumes (purchased by 67 percent of Halloween shoppers), $2.5 billion on candy (94.3 percent), $2.4 billion on decorations (70 percent) and $390 million on greeting cards (35.4 percent).
 
As Halloween fast approaches, we want to know your ideas. What are you planning to do that's over the top this year? In the days before and days after Halloween, send us photos of your best creations, things that you saw and experiences, and or your best tips or ideas.
 
Here are a few of our favorites from Pinterest for inspiration!