AVON, CT – It doesn’t quite look like fall until those perfect orange pumpkins picked from Avon’s best patch or field appear on neighborhood porches and steps.
This year, however, it might cost a little more to bring home this quintessential fall.
With the holidays approaching, inflation and rising costs are top concerns for many Avon residents. As many families cut unnecessary spending, Halloween and fall decorating are likely to be no exception.
The average price of a pumpkin nationwide has fluctuated slightly over the past four Halloween seasons, according to figures from market research firm Statista. Last year, pumpkins sold for an average of $4.83 each, compared to $4.18 in 2020 and $4.04 in 2019. In 2018, pumpkins were a steal at $3.89 each.
Could pumpkin prices reach $5 each in 2022? It’s unclear. Pumpkin prices often change in the weeks leading up to Halloween. However, a pumpkin is usually purchased by the pound. The average price per book is $1.38 for consumers, according to the most recent statistics from the US Department of Agriculture. This means that a 10 or 14 pound pumpkin can cost between $14 and $20 each.
About 44% of the US population carved pumpkins during the 2021 Halloween season, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s about 145 million people, slightly less than in 2020, when 151 million took part in the fall tradition.
Fortunately, pumpkins of all sizes can be found at many big box stores and community farmers’ markets across the country. Sorting pumpkins in the trash is a more common practice among small pumpkin vendors.