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!
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