Hobby Lobby is a reliable destination for home decor, craft supplies, and even party and baking supplies. The retailer has a nationwide presence with stores in 47 states, so chances are you’ll hit your local store when you’re running out of color or feel like you need a seasonal refresher. But as you head into the hobby lobby this month, there’s a common business guideline you should be aware of. Read on to find out what the retailer isn’t allowing shoppers to do in October.
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Over the course of the summer, both Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabrics rolled out their fall decorations — but not everyone was thrilled. Shoppers at both retailers were not pleased to learn that in-store prices were sky high. Inflated price tags are nothing new in 2022, but customers aren’t ready to spend extra money on decorative pumpkins this year.
On July 30th, @3sunzzz posted a TikTok video criticizing Hobby Lobby by showing them a metal pumpkin that sold for $59.99. The TikToker quickly said “no thanks” before going in search of an even more expensive pumpkin, listed for $149.99. Decorations were 40 percent cheaper at the time, but she was adamant that the products were overpriced regardless of a sale.
But while pumpkins have been on display for months, some typical craft items will be completely absent from the Hobby Lobby in October.
If you’re hoping to buy Halloween decorations from the Hobby Lobby, you’ll be disappointed. The craft store doesn’t sell spooky decorations, House Digest reported, and indeed, if you search “Halloween” on Hobby Lobby’s website, only five definitely not spooky items come up — a can of spray paint, generic holiday stencils, and three types of textured scrapbook paper .
The decor available is entirely dedicated to “autumn themes”, including those infamous pumpkins; lots of orange, green and yellow; and items you’d likely use closer to Thanksgiving.
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If you’re familiar with Hobby Lobby, you probably know that they’re always closed on Sundays, and you might also know their religious affiliation.
Although they’ve never officially confirmed it, many speculate that Hobby Lobby doesn’t sell Halloween decorations that stray on the spookier side because that decoration may not align with certain traditional Christian values. This is due in large part to historical “demonic symbolism” and links to the pagan holiday of Samhain, House Digest reported.
Buyers noticed. “If I ever bored I can always go to the hobby lobby and ask for the Halloween section, ‘Our FALL FESTIVAL section is over here,'” read an Oct. 5 tweet.
While some poked fun at it, others criticized the lack of Halloween decor as the retailer reportedly sells items associated with other holidays with pagan roots. Other holidays with pagan traditions include New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Christmas, according to the History Collection.
“My girlfriend wanted to look at Halloween decorations … we went to the hobby lobby,” one User tweeted on the 3rd of October. “There are no Halloween decorations there.”
You can easily find Hobby Lobby’s religious values on the Our Story page. The retailer’s commitments include not only providing customers with “extraordinary choice and value,” but also “honoring the Lord in all we do by acting in accordance with biblical principles” and “a return on investment for the Providing family investment and sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees and investments in our community.”
While the decision not to sell items featuring witches, black cats, or ghosts isn’t overwhelmingly controversial, this isn’t the first time Hobby Lobby has been called out for its religious beliefs and business practices.
According to The List, the company made headlines in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as the owner and founder David and Barbara Green stated that Barbara “received a message from God” urging her to keep the shops open. When the decision to close stores was made in April 2020, staff were furloughed without pay. The company had to apologize for controversial comments back in 2013, Insider reported, and won a Supreme Court case in 2014 that allowed them to “withhold reproductive benefits” from employees.
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