Pumpkins, skeletons and witches, oh my! It’s that time of year, where summer turns to fall and home decor turns spooky.
Maybe you’ve just settled into your new home and are getting ready to decorate for the first time, or maybe you’re a seasoned pro with a famous Halloween display that wows all your neighbors. Maybe you throw some candy in an orange bowl, leave it outside your front door on Halloween, and call it a night.
If the latter describes you best, you’d be in the minority. A whopping eighty-two percent of homeowners are decorating this year and two in three homeowners decorate every year without fail, according to recent research done by the specialists at Lobardo Homes.
They analyzed more than 1,000 Halloween decoration search terms in Google to see where in America people decorate the most. They also polled 998 homeowners to understand national trends in Halloween home decoration.
In some cases, the results were predictable. In others, They were quite surprising. Take a look:
Which States Decorate Most
Who knew that where you live could play a major role in how much you decorate and what kind of decorations you use? The fact is, there are some states that really, shall we say, get into the spirit of things.
You may think Halloween decor is biggest in states with a spooky history, like Massachusetts. But you’d be wrong.
Surprisingly enough, Utah come is at the top of the list of which states decorate most. Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and New Mexico round out the top five. Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi are least interested in decorating.
Most Popular Halloween Decorations in America
Everyone has preferences when it comes to Halloween; some like to go above and beyond with the scare factor, while others prefer a cute fall aesthetic with smiling pumpkins. Regardless of style, there are universal symbols of the Halloween holiday.
Skeletons, pumpkins, spiders, witches and bats are the five most popular Halloween decorations in America. But there are so many others that are popular, we thought you’d like to see the 22 most popular Halloween decorations in the land.
Each state has preferences, too. While skeletons and pumpkins may dominate the search volume in most states, we analyzed which decoration is most unusually popular in each state.
It appears the East Coast has a thing for pumpkins and the West Coast likes bats. Not surprisingly, corn stalks are unusually popular in the Midwest. And, we’d like to give a special shout-out to Nebraska and Arkansas for preferring animal skeletons more than most. There is perhaps no other decoration that’s as funny as it is creepy.
National Trends in Halloween Home Decoration
As we all know, Halloween decoration can be an indoor or outdoor affair. Of the homeowners we surveyed, 67 percent say they decorate inside and 61 percent say they decorate outside. Fifty-four percent do both.
They asked when people get started on decorations. One in five have their decorations up in late September, and most people (41 percent) decorate during the first week of October. The average person spends $145 and more than three hours decorating.
Researches also found that Americans love lawn inflatables. It’s the number one type of Halloween decoration people search for. Also popular: Halloween trees, projectors, front door decorations and animatronics.
No matter how much you decorate your home, what style you like, or whether you feel competitive with your neighbors (25 percent do) … we wish you a safe and happy Halloween this year. You’ve earned it!
You may have a pretty good idea of the most popular Halloween decorations in America, but you will be stunned when you find out which states decorate the most. Ghoulish or great?