Barry Highland of Carlisle, Iowa spent $3000 on Halloween candy this year, and that's not all he did to celebrate the spooky holiday.
October 31 has passed us by for another year and with that, everyone's Halloween focus has shifted to Christmas. Despite it only being the first week of November, decorations are already going up. Store shelves that were filled with pumpkins and costumes are now stocked with tinsel and advent calendars.
Although the festive season is more widely celebrated than Halloween, hence the almost two-month build up, for some October 31 is the best day of the year. If you're a kid you trick-or-treat, if you're an adult then you might dress up and head to a Halloween party. Either way, the creepiest day of the year continues to become more and more popular.
Chances are no matter how much you love Halloween, you don't enjoy it quite as much as Barry Highland. This year, the Carlisle, Iowa resident spent an incredible $3000 on candy to give out to trick-or-treaters, reported the Des Moines Register. Judging by the Halloween lover's house and front yard, he may very well have gotten through all of that candy. Highland claims that the vast amount of decorations he decks his property out with have set him back $70,000 over the years.
In fact, he spent $7000 on new decorations this year alone, including a hearse that took him six weeks to build. It apparently takes him and his friend John Barrett a month to get everything set for October 31. It is a part of Carlisle's Beggar's Night and is coincidentally also Mr. Highland's birthday. He certainly knows how to celebrate it in style and seems to have a good time doing so.
You're likely asking yourself what on Earth Mr. Highland does the rest of the year. To be able to afford to spend $10,000 on Halloween decorations and candy. He is a truck driver for Papa John's Pizza. Clearly, Papa John pays pretty well. If you live anywhere near Carlisle and you're looking for the ultimate trick-or-treating experience, it might be worth paying the town a visit next Halloween.