This Halloween Costume Is $1,000
Halloween doesn’t seem like a super expensive holiday; all you need to do is scour Goodwill for a sparkly dress from the ’80s and snatch some free candy from the reception desk at work, right? But according to a new study, we will spend $8 billion on Halloween costumes, pumpkins, candy and other revelry this year. Presidential candidates, I have the cure for the recession: slutty nurses handing out Butterfingers!
This leads me to ask: What the eff are people spending all this money on? You might blame pumpkins, which cost almost double their normal price this year because of growing conditions. Still, the prices range from about $1 for small pumpkins to $17 for larger carving pumpkins.
What about costumes? Finally, I have a reason to sort my Amazon search from high price to low price! I’ve discovered a Teen Spelladonna Pink Heart Witch Halloween Costume, which costs a mere $999.99. It wins the prize for Amazon’s most expensive Halloween costume, after four animal mascot costumes that aren’t really designed for Halloween (two of which are $1,300!).
Also baffling is the Naruto Shippuden Akatsuki Coat Cosplay Costume, which costs $999.99 for a Medium (but $58.77 for a large). And gentlemen, you know you can land a sexy sailor or kitten with this Boba Fett Supreme Edition Adult Costume Adult in size X-Large for just $990.88. Even worse, six different people bought it and left reviews indicating they paid exorbitant prices! After these items, we get into intricate theater costumes in the $500 range, like this amazing Cleopatra costume.
Other Amazon products also pop up at ridiculously high prices, even when the same items are sold for much less by other sellers. There doesn’t seem to be much of an explanation for this, except that sellers are hoping to drive up the average price and/or hoping one moron out there will think the highest-priced item must be the best.
Don’t fall for it, people! You don’t need a thousand-dollar costume for a good Halloween. At this point, we’re too close to Halloween for you to order things online without paying crazy shipping costs. Go to your local thrift store!