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Sunday, October 30, 2011

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $5.8bn (£3.6bn) on Halloween last year. In times of spending cuts and job insecurity that is a staggering amount of money.
In some instances, according to a survey by market research firm Mintel, preparations begin weeks before the event and discovered 23% of Americans would buy special decorations for their home, the second largest proportion for any holiday, after Christmas.
Welcome to the world of the "home haunters", enthusiasts who dedicate months every year putting together awesome Halloween displays in their front gardens.

For most there is no commercial element. They do it because they can and they enjoy both the preparation and the reactions of the legions of parents and young trick-or-treaters who turn up at suburban front gardens to see how far a hobby can go.
In some instances fame spread so far and wide arrangement had to be put in place to control the sight-seers such as closing off roads.  In some cases home owners have had to move if they wanted to maintain their annual displays, while others raise funds for charity.
For some, their love of Halloween has created businesses.  Such as for the man who spends most of his year carving custom ordered tombstones!

Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History, explains that while it originated in the UK, Halloween started took on an important, communal element in the early 20th Century when it was something that could be celebrated by a range of immigrant communities.

Although the UK is taking Halloween more seriously it still has to compete with Bonfire Night just a few days later. But it would be hard to argue that the UK even comes close to matching the US in the sheer visible exuberance of Halloween.

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Debby said...

I think people spend money on Halloween to forget for a short period of time. The kids have fun and that makes parents smile.
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Na said...

So creative! That's what I like seeing on Halloween. I think if people want to go all out so be it and if not then that's okay as well. I'm glad the fun is still there but there has been more awareness on personal safety -checking candies, wearing bright clothing and not playing with fireworks. Have fun and be safe :)

Sherry Gloag said...

Debbie, I agree, and having fun is what it's all about. I'm in awe of the profeesionalism of some of the displays I saw pictured on the net. Hope you have a fabulous halloween. Thanks for coming by and commenting :-)

Sherry Gloag said...

Na, as a brit the image I perceive is one of family fun and a sense of community you all enjoy during Halloween in the States.
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