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Where can you find the cheapest prices for pumpkins this year in Middle Tennessee?

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 10/21/2020 Mary Hance, Nashville Tennessean
a person standing in front of a store: Ms. Cheap's Mary Hance with pumpkins, Oct. 2020. © Mary Hance / The Tennessean Ms. Cheap's Mary Hance with pumpkins, Oct. 2020.

Candy. Costumes. Pumpkins.

In any other year, Halloween could put a big dent in your wallet. But, this year's pandemic-impacted holiday is expected to be less expensive with scaled-down trick-or-treating and other events.

The National Retail Federation predictstotal Halloween spending to reach $8.05 billion, an 8% decrease from $8.78 billion last year.

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Despite the quieter Halloween, the retail federation still forecasts that 46 percent of Americans plan to carve a pumpkin this year.

So, if you are buying one (or more), why pay more than you have to? 

A quick survey shows that prices for a standard basketball-sized Halloween pumpkin vary widely in the Nashville area  - from $2.99 each to a scary price of more than $15 per pumpkin at some of the stands.

Here are the results of my price comparison:

Aldi had the cheapest price: $2.99

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Walmart: $3.12

Trader Joe's: $3.99

Kroger: two pumpkins for $8.

Target:  $4.99

Publix: $5.99

Home Depot: $5.98


Sprout's: $5.99

Whole Foods: two pumpkins for $12.

By the way, I did not include prices from pumpkin patches, fruit stands  and area farmers markets. While these locations definitely offer an added value experience, they are probably not going to be your cheapest bet for buying a carving pumpkin.

Jack-o-lantern fun facts

Pumpkin prices are up this year, averaging $4.18, up from $4.04 in 2019 — a 3.63% increase.

Americans will spend about $687 million on pumpkins in 2020, an increase of more than $100 million from $586 million in 2019.

80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

Jack-o-lanterns are believed to have originated in Ireland in the 19th century.

The world’s largest jack-o-lantern was carved into the Guinness World Records on October 31, 2010, by Scott Cully in the Bronx, New York, and weighed 1,810.5 pounds.


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