BBB Halloween Shopping Tips to Avoid Being Spooked by Scammers

October 25, 2017


BBB Halloween Shopping Tips to Avoid Being Spooked by Scammers

CHICAGO - Halloween is the second largest shopping holiday of the year which makes it the prime opportunity for scammers to creep in.

According to the NRF, 2017 Halloween spending is expected to reach a record $9.1 billion, up from $8.4 billion last year.  More than 179 million Americans are planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million last year.

Experts at IBISWorld say the number of Halloween pop-up stores in North America reached 1,706 last year, a 30% increase over four years.

Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois says, "Each fall, pop-up Halloween stores appear in empty storefronts across the United States and Canada, and online. These shops can be a great way to purchase costumes, decorations, and other themed merchandise. But their temporary nature can leave consumers in the lurch.”

BBB advises following these tips when Halloween shopping this year:

For additional Halloween safety tips check out our latest Live Better Newsletter here

Remember to always report scammers.  If you've been the target of a scam or suspect scam activity, report it to authorities and BBB Scam Tracker  to warn others.

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Thomas Johnson                                                              
Director of Public and Board Relations,  
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2643  
Judith Ruiz-Branch 
PR & Community Outreach Coordinator 
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2516