Halloween decorations and costumes are increasingly difficult to find as supply chain issues plague the United States.
Major retail suppliers are already running out of supplies as cargo ships are stranded in California ports. At the same time, there is a shortage of truck drivers to supply stores, according to NBC 2.
Chrissy Barchers owns the Halloween Red Headed Witches store in Cape Coral, Fla., And told NBC 2 that this year has been tough due to supply chain issues:
We are very happy that the Halloween season has arrived. We are having a crazy experience where shipping is a nightmare, getting a product is a nightmare, our wholesaler cannot get a product because the cargo ships are stuck waiting to unload and there is no one to unload them. We didn’t even realize this was going to be a problem until mid-September. In mid-September, when all of our initial big Halloween orders started arriving, it was sometimes half short.
I’m like crazy everyday checking the wholesaler, checking availability just hoping they maybe get some shipments and I can jump on them. It’s an exhausting process, but every day I’m on the computer, making calls, sending emails, trying to find alternative solutions just to get a new product. Right now you’re on a 7-10 day waitlist so if I place an order today they won’t even process it for 7-10 days. Then you have to consider the shipping, so this week is really the last week, we can even order anything because by the time you factor in how long it will take to get here, we could possibly -be having a box that will appear on Halloween.
Ben Wieber, 27, of Kalamazoo, Mich., Couldn’t find a miniature haunted house to add to his Lemax Spooky Town collection, the Wall Street Newspaper reports.
“I’ve been to Lowe’s, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and I’m already seeing Christmas stuff replacing Halloween stuff, which is ridiculous,” Wieber told the Newspaper. “I’m like, hello? Are we just skipping Halloween this year? “
According to the Wall Street newspaperHome Depot President and COO Tim Decker said this year’s pre-release Halloween sold out quickly on an earnings call in August.
Halloween spending is set to hit an all-time high this year, predicts the National Retail Federation (NRF), according to the Newspaper. Spending is expected to exceed $ 10.1 billion this year.
The newspaper reports that the NRF surveyed 8,000 consumers in the first week of September to find out when they planned to buy essential Halloween items. Forty-five percent of those polled said they plan to do their shopping before the end of September. Another 39 percent aimed to go shopping in the first two weeks of October.
Consumers who waited until October may be out of luck when it comes to finding a fun costume or spooky decorations.
Spirit Halloween employee Kam Featherstone, who works in Layton, Utah, said the store was fully stocked during September, the the Wall Street newspaper reports.
“[Our selection was] really good between mid-September and the end of September, ”said Featherstone. “Once October hit, it was just gone, gone, gone.”
The business “has had a few scares this Halloween season,” a Spirit Halloween spokesperson told the Newspaper. These fears were rooted in product shipping delays and rising shipping costs.
On October 14, the executive director of the Port of Long Beach, Mario Codero, called the huge backlog of ships off the coast of California a “national crisis” in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
“This issue is a national crisis as far as the supply chain is concerned and, for that matter, a global crisis,” Codero explained. “It’s quite complex, but on the other hand, I think we’re going to start to see some reduction in container ship wait times as we move towards the end of the year. It’s high season.
“This issue is a national crisis as it relates to the supply chain and for that matter a global crisis,” said Port of Long Beach Exec. Real. @MarioCorderoLB said about supply chain disruptions. “It’s peak season… the root of the problem dates back to the COVID era.” pic.twitter.com/zPqfdPT5Vc
– Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) October 14, 2021