Halloween In America

Koen Samuel, Assistant Editor

Halloween originated in Ireland over 2,000 years ago, when the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain took place. But fast forward into 2019, and no country does it quite like the United States. After all, the phrase “trick or treat” was coined in America in 1939. Some families celebrate Halloween religiously, and it doesn’t matter how old the kids get, getting a costume and dressing up on October 31 is truly a holiday festivity. 

As we move into November, the numbers have come out to show truly how crazy Halloween was in the country this year. The following stats are from wallethub.com, and they show how crazy Americans still are for spooky season. 

In total, it is estimated $8.8 billion was spent this past Halloween. This total expenditure cost includes candy, costumes, and decorations. Christmas isn’t the only holiday Americans go big for. Up until the night of October 30, any place that sold bags of candy, costumes, or decorations and accessories had a long line of people, eager to make last minute purchases. Concerning costume purchases, 24 percent of people spent $50 or more, showing that Americans aren’t hesitant to splash the cash on an authentic, wholly made, well-crafted costume. 

Kids are the main consumers of those who wear these costumes. It is estimated 41 million kids from the ages of 5 to 14 went door to door for candy. 

But these Halloween supplies aren’t just for trick or treating; they also apply to parties. Thirty percent of Americans are throwing a party. Some of these are work parties. Even adults don’t mind setting aside their diet for one day of indulging on candy and satisfying their sweet tooth. 

But any holiday isn’t complete without some form of decorations to truly feel in the mood to celebrate. 

Nearly half of Americans added some kind of decorations to their homes. Almost 50 percent of people added spooky decorations to their front yard. 

These numbers are staggering, but when you consider it is estimated that only 68 percent of Americans celebrated Halloween in 2019, you realize that the craze at the end of October could be even bigger. For an occasion that people mark on their calendars, Halloween certainly lives up to the hype as one of America’s biggest holidays. Halloween is really the kick start to the holiday season; it sets the stage for Thanksgiving and Christmas, not only in sales, but in atmosphere and popularity. 

Although many other countries around the world have caught on and are starting to get the feel for Halloween, nobody does it quite like the United States.