Roy Morgan Research
October 03, 2023

Halloween hits sweet spot with Aussies – $490 million boost predicted

Topic: ARA - Roy Morgan
Finding No: 9331

More than 5.3 million Australians will celebrate Halloween this year, with spending forecast to reach $490 million – up 14% or $60 million on 2022.

Research from Australian Retailers Association (ARA) in collaboration with Roy Morgan reveals the global tradition continues to gain traction down under with 300,000 more Australians this year planning to celebrate on October 31.

Those celebrating Halloween plan to do so in a variety of ways, such as attending or hosting a Halloween themed party, decorating their homes, getting dressed up and going out, or staying home and welcoming trick or treaters.

The joint research found that:

  • Average spending this year is projected to be $93 per person celebrating Halloween, up $7 (+8.1%) on a year ago.
  • Most plan to celebrate by purchasing a Halloween costume (mentioned by 49% of respondents), trick or treating (45%), stocking up on lollies and chocolate (39%) and decorating the home (36%).
  • Those aged 35-49 are the most likely to celebrate Halloween (40%, up 3% on a year ago) – equating to 1 million people (up 190,000).
  • Close to 2.1 million Australians aged 18-34 will also be celebrating Halloween (34%).
  • There are 620,000 people aged 50-64 (13%) celebrating Halloween and 430,000 aged 65+ (9%).

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the increased spend this year in the face of cost-of-living pressures demonstrates the growing popularity of Halloween in Australia particularly for adults.

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“Halloween is now a global phenomenon and is increasingly becoming a cherished Aussie tradition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for families to have fun and get creative – to go costume shopping, give the home an eery makeover or host a party,” Mr Zahra said.

“It’s a welcome break from routine and a chance to get together with friends and loved ones to do something fun.

“Retailers are also coming to the party with themed windows and store displays as part of big promotional push in the lead up to October 31.

“Halloween is a great chance for Australians to let their hair down and partake in some spooky silliness during this challenging economic period. It’s also important for retailers to build sales momentum in the run up to Christmas.”

As the marquee tradition continues to gain traction in Australia, abroad, the US are anticipating a record $12.2 billion spend – according to the National Retail Federation.

“Halloween is obviously a big deal in the United States – historically tied to the arrival of Irish immigrants bringing the tradition with them in the 1800s. It is increasingly cementing its place in Australian culture due to its pop culture prominence,” Mr Zahra added.

The ARA-Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey was conducted with an Australian-wide cross-section of 3,633 Australians aged 18+ on Friday September 15 - Wednesday September 20, 2023.

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About the Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the oldest, largest and most diverse national retail body, representing a $400 billion sector that employs 1.3 million Australians and is the largest private sector employer in the country. As Australia’s peak retail body, representing more than 120,000 retail shop fronts and online stores, the ARA informs, advocates, educates, protects and unifies our independent, national and international retail community. To learn more about ARA’s exclusive member benefits and more, visit

About Roy Morgan

Roy Morgan is Australia’s largest independent Australian research company, with offices in each state, as well as in the U.S. and U.K. A full-service research organisation, Roy Morgan has over 80 years’ experience collecting objective, independent information on consumers. To learn more visit

Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. Margin of error gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size Percentage Estimate
40% – 60% 25% or 75% 10% or 90% 5% or 95%
1,000 ±3.0 ±2.7 ±1.9 ±1.3
5,000 ±1.4 ±1.2 ±0.8 ±0.6
7,500 ±1.1 ±1.0 ±0.7 ±0.5
10,000 ±1.0 ±0.9 ±0.6 ±0.4
20,000 ±0.7 ±0.6 ±0.4 ±0.3
50,000 ±0.4 ±0.4 ±0.3 ±0.2

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