BBB issues warning on Halloween shopping: Read the fine print

Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 18:00:33-04

Halloween is a fun holiday, but it can get pricey. The National Retail Federation says a consumer spends -on average- about $87 each. 

But to make sure every dollar counts, the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan says three things should not be overlooked. 

"People will purchase a costume and never receive it. Or they’ll rent a costume, and it’s not in the condition that they were expecting and then they’re out their money," said Laura Blankenship of the BBB.

Or, often, it simply doesn't fit, causing customers to spend twice as much. 

The top tip on the BBB’s list if you’re shopping online, only rent or buy from the most reputable sites. 

And if you’re shopping in a store, keep in mind, they’re seasonal, meaning here today, gone tomorrow.

You want to make sure you’re reading around the store because a lot of times it will say final sale, once October 31st hits, a lot of those stores are closing. 

So the second tip on the list? Know the return policy before you buy. 

And what about the haunted house hopping? The BBB says they’ve received some complaints of haunted experiences being a little too hands-on, where customers were shaken or touched. 

In most cases, the company will have you sign a waiver to be interactive, but customers don’t read the fine print  

"If it delays you a few minutes, read over that waiver because you could be signing yourself up for something you wouldn't want," said Blankenship. 

Remember those things, and the BBB says you can make your Halloween a little less frustrating and a lot more fun.