It’s October 31st and that means it’s Halloween.
This reminds me of a fact of the Americans which is:
“Americans are great at celebrating
This also makes the topic, I think, for a great opening of this site.
Probably with only little thought on what lies behind the story of Halloween, the Americans are embracing the celebrations of October 31st – Halloween.
From the website www.history.com I found this introduction to Halloween:
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
Down economy or not this year’s spending on Halloween is up. Here are some numbers:
$8 billion: Total Halloween consumer spending expected for 2012.
71.5: Percent of Americans who plan on celebrating Halloween this year.
41 million: Potential trick-or-treaters ages 5-14.
115 million: Number of possible targets for trick-or-treating – the number of occupied housing units nationwide.
170 million:Americans will celebrate Halloween this year (that’s 71.5 percent Americans, up from 68.6 percent past year).
$79.82: Amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations.
25.9: Percent of Americans who said the economy could affect how much they end up spending on their Halloween gear and party plans this year.
46: Years since the premiere of the classic TV special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”
15.1 percent: Of Americans will dress a family pet in a costume
12.7: Percent of pets that will dress up like a pumpkin, the number one costume this year for scary cats and dogs.
900 million: The number of pounds of pumpkins that are produced in the U.S. for Halloween
9.5: Percent of adults who plan to be a witch this Halloween.
1,634: Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments nationwide in 2010.
1,200: Estimated number of haunted houses (that charge admission!) in the United States.
12: “Friday the 13th” movies starring hockey-mask wearing bad guy Jason Voorhees. (10 Friday the 13ths, 1 Freddy vs Jason, and 1 remake of the original Friday the 13th.)
$410.6 million: Box office earnings of horror movies in 2011.
35 million: Pounds of candy corn produced each year, according to the National Confectioners Association.
$113 million: Value of pumpkins harvested from the top six pumpkin-producing states (Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan) in 2011.
1,155: Number of U.S. manufacturers that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2010.
35,074: People employed by those manufacturers.
11: Percent of respondents who told Gallup.com in 2006 they had objections to Halloween on religious grounds.
4: American places where you might consider spending the holiday: Transylvania County, N.C.; Tombstone, Ariz.; Pumpkin Center, N.C.; or Cape Fear, N.C.
About two months ago, temporary stores began to resurface selling Halloween stuff such as costumes, tomb stones, skeletons and the like. These pop up store, come. Is open for just about 2 months just leading up to Halloween and then close down pretty much immediately after. I learned that one such store makes sales of no less than US$ 400,000 in this short time period, all on products on which there is probably a very good margin. And to top it all off, just think about it, the owner of such a store carries pretty much no operating costs or any noticeable overhead, pretty much all the other 10 months of the year. What’s more, it wouldn’t surprise me that the owner of several of such stores within a certain vicinity would turn out to be the same person.
Not a bad business proposition.
So tell me, please, How are you celebrating Halloween?
Do you go trick or treating?
Do you dress up?
If you do dress up, as what do you dress up?
Got any images to share with us here?
Do you dress up any pets?
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