When $9 was considered pricey for a Halloween costume
That was the low end of what you had to pay to get a costume in Saskatoon in 1981
Looking good for Halloween came at a price if you lived in Saskatoon in 1981.
Meaning you had to spend at least $9 to get a half-decent mask or costume.
"Whether you want to look scary, or just plain silly, it can be expensive," reporter Paul Lewis told viewers on The National, as part of a report filed from a crowded local costume store.
"Costumes here range from $9 to $45."
With inflation, of course, those costumes would be priced at the equivalent of $24 to more than $120 in 2020 dollars.
Still, Lewis said there were benefits to dressing up on the last day of October.
"For adults and children, it's a good opportunity to fantasize, to become someone else," he said, as the camera showed a man in a wizard hat.