Halloween isn’t just for kids. Its appeal is widening as more and more adults are bitten by the bug

Focus on Halloween

The nation is under a spell. Haunted by the spectre of George Osborne and the ghoul of austerity, we’ve never been keener to indulge in some hocus pocus to banish our woes. YouGov put spending on Halloween and Bonfire Night at £650m in 2012 - and retailers predict it will rise again this year.

“Halloween is absolutely set to increase. This event is only becoming bigger and is here to stay,” says Louise Hoste, commercial director of GM hardlines at Asda. “Last year, celebrants increased by 6% year-on-year, and spend in all categories increased.”

Our special report weighs up exactly what retailers large and small, are doing to tap the growing market for seasonal Halloween goods. With exclusive market analysis and comment from the country’s biggest retailers and brand-owners, The Grocer investigates how much growth is left in Halloween.

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