Is it me, or does it seem people are going “all out” this year when it comes to decorating their yards for Halloween?
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), despite COVID-19 and an economic slowdown, Americans will increase their per person Halloween spending from $86.27 in 2019 to $92.12 this year. Unfortunately, the NRF anticipates a big drop-off in Halloween participation from 172 million Americans last year to 148 million in 2020.
That means less goblins, witches and superheroes out on the streets.
Want more Halloween numbers? Visit the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Data Center.
Yes, there is such a thing.
Places to Find Halloween Decorations
So, if there are 24 million less people trick or treating this Halloween, homeowners must be re-appropriating their candy budget…Right? Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a quest to find places where there are creepy Halloween decorations in the Magic City and beyond.
Upfront, this list just scratches the surface – but it’s a start.
Here are 5 locations with photographic evidence of course.
Located near the Moss Creek Preserve in Hoover, residents at The Preserve are professionals at decorating their yards and homes. Lots of light shows, pumpkins and skeletons. My favorite is this simple spotlight on a witch and her ginormous shadow cast on the house behind her. Well done.
Birmingham’s Cliff Road
2020 has been one of the wettest on record in Birmingham which might be the reason there are so many pumpkins on sale this fall. My favorite Cliff Road decoration is near the merging of Altamont Rd. and Cliff. It’s simple. Socially distant miniature pumpkins lining a retaining wall. A beautiful sight.
Forest Park and 3415 7th Court in Birmingham
Near the Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont Avenue, we discovered this hauntingly-romantically designed yard. A big fan of this one. You are in the Forest Park neighborhood – sort of the mecca of Halloween decorations in Birmingham – so just drive around, you’ll see plenty of ghosts and skeletons.
Edgewood and Hollywood Neighborhoods in Homewood
Who has the best Halloween decorations in Homewood? It really is a tie between Edgewood and Hollywood. My personal favorite is on the street near Homewood Antiques in the Edgewood neighborhood.
Love the mailbox spider.
Full Moon on Halloween
One last note about looking for Halloween decorations in 2020. This Halloween is on a Saturday and there is a full moon. Perfect timing. Be safe out there and if you see them thank the folks who decorate their yards.