Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Trick or Treat?


With the last 3 months of the year filled with opportunities to celebrate, a recent survey has now shown Halloween has become the second most popular family occasion behind Christmas. Parents are now spending more than £100 on parties for their children and one in three houses will be throwing or attending a Halloween party.

Despite people spending less and family budgets under pressure the survey of 2,000 parents revealed that families are still willing to splash out on Halloween parties.

I am first to admit, I love any excuse to celebrate. Be it Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings or Christmas, you will always find me loving any opportunity to spend time with my friends and family, but in my younger years Halloween was never top of my list of celebrations to get excited about, so where through the years I ask myself did the change in attitudes towards the Halloween come about?

Nearly two-thirds of children will take to the streets on October 31 for an evening of 'trick or treating' with a potential 24,900,000 doors being knocked on. This figure alone just shows how many people will be targeted one way or another with celebrating Halloween, even if you are not a fan it is hard to get away from taking part in the days activities. The survey, which was carried out by Woolworths.co.uk also found that on average one in five of us will attend four parties this year and will consume 1,231 calories in the form of traditional foods including toffee apples, sweets and pumpkin pies and the average parent will also dance for 57 minutes at each party they attend.

Don’t get me wrong I think it’s nice that a simple day can unite so many different people, but how far can we take it? This year will you be ‘treating’ yourself with celebrating Halloween or staying away from the ‘tricks’?

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