According to a survey from CompareCards by LendingTree, 48% of millennials admit to purchasing Halloween items so they can include them in social media posts. A total of 37% of Generation Zers and 30% of Generation Xers said the same, compared to just 5% of baby boomers. For the purposes of the survey, Gen Zers were defined as ages 18 to 22, millennials ages 23 to 38, Gen Xers as 39 to 54 and boomers as 55 to 73.
“Lots of people love Halloween, lots of people really enjoy spending just to get on social media,” said Matt Schulz, who wrote the CompareCards report.
Men surveyed were also found to be far more likely than women to say their spending was driven by social media.
“While it’s not shocking that Halloween is a huge deal on social media and has been for many years, the number of folks who spend on Halloween items just to create social media posts — and what types of people are most likely to do it — took us by surprise,” Schulz said.
This dovetails with NRF statistics that show social media growing both as a source of Halloween inspiration and a platform for exhibitionists.
“Spending hasn’t changed much over the past few years, but we are seeing a noticeable increase in consumers whose Halloween purchases are inspired by their friends, neighbors and even celebrities on social media,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.