31 October 2019
In addition to forecasting, we continually monitor and track how major retailers across the UK and USA are responding to in-season trends for key occasions. Halloween remains a key commercial occasion for retailers with overall spending expected to reach $9 billion in 2019. Here we share our round up of the key highlights for Halloween 2019:
The witch remains the most popular costume choice for adults in 2019 so it’s no surprise to see spell books, brews and potions as key decorative accessories across stores in the UK and US. Witching props and spell books have an aged and distressed feel at Fenwick and TK Maxx and apothecary bottles at Walmart are tarnished and weathered.
The National Retail Federation estimates that 29 million pet lovers will dress their pets up this Halloween, with the pumpkin being the top costume of choice. Taking inspiration from our fur-babies, friendly, dressed up animals were a key character update spotted across plush toys, serveware and greetings cards. This is a great opportunity for licensed products.
The gift and greetings industry borrow inspiration from fashion retailers to tap into Millennial culture. Tongue in cheek puns such as ‘Drink up Witches’ and ‘Let’s Get Batty’ update playful alcohol packaging and partyware.
For more 2019 Halloween coverage head over to our Halloween at Home post.
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Overall a great day which involved getting everyone's thoughts, ideas and reservations down on paper. I am looking forward to seeing how this information will be overlaid with the vital trend insights we need to drive new product development and long-term business growth.
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