5 Ways to Go Local for Halloween

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Halloween
Halloween

Halloween is a special time of year in Arizona when the weather has finally cooled off and we gather with friends in ridiculous costumes and eat way to many sweet things. No matter how you plan to celebrate this year, remember to shift your Halloween spending to local businesses!  Even shifting just 10% of your regular Halloween spending to a local business means a big impact for your local community. For example, when you support your local costume retailer, you're supporting a business that is rooted in the community, not one that pops up for 30 days just to siphon money out of Arizona. Plus, up to four times more money will stay in the local economy when you choose local, meaning greater local job growth and prosperous communities.

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To make the biggest impact this Halloween, here are 5 easy ways to Go Local:

1. Buy your costume from a local costume or vintage shop

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Photo via Buffalo Exchange

Don't be the person that shows up with the same mass-produced costume as someone else, visit a local costume shop to really stand out. Or stop by a vintage store for some especially unique costume ideas. Making your own costume? Be sure to hit up your local arts & crafts store.

2. Get your treats locally

Fairy Tale Brownies Halloween
Fairy Tale Brownies Halloween
Photo via Fairy Tale Brownies

Have the best treats on the block to avoid all the tricks! Visit a local candy shop or grocery store to stock up.

3. Enjoy local festivities and entertainment

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Chambers-Eddie1
You can meet Eddie at Chambers of Fear Haunted House!

Halloween is a great time in Arizona, as the weather is perfect and there are events galore. Click here for our Local Arizona Halloween Events Calendar!

4. Go local with your own Halloween party

halloween decorations
halloween decorations
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Throwing your own Halloween bash? Here's your "Go-ulish Local Halloween Party" checklist:

  • Pick up local brews for your guests to enjoy.
  • Visit a local store for Halloween decorations.
  • Hire a local caterer for some devilishly delicious bites.
  • Planning the event of the season? Hire a local event planner to take your party to the next level.

5. Pick up a locally-grown pumpkin for carving 

Four Peaks Pumpkin Carving
Four Peaks Pumpkin Carving
Image via Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Have the freshest jack-o-lantern on your street by picking up an Arizona-grown pumpkin!