Halloween is a celebration with Celtic origins, that has been taken over today by many people from the Occident, and spread out in the United States in the XIXth century through Irish immigrants. It is celebrated on the night of October 31.
The name comes from the phrase All Hallows’ Even, the name of the Christian feast of All Saints, the celebration that became associated with Halloween in the occidental countries where Christianity prevails – Catholic and Protestant because in these Christian religions, all Saints Day is celebrated on November 1st.
The main characteristic of Halloween is the carved pumpkin, which represents Jack’s Lantern. Luckily the average price of a carved pumpkin, in September, is about $5 and they are fairly easy to come by.
During this holiday, kids disguise themselves in wizards, mummies, and other characters and range the houses asking “Trick or Treat”, which means that if they don’t receive sweets, they’ll play a farce to the referred person. In this period there is no lack of sweets, but it may still cost a lot to buy candies for the entire neighborhood. It costs around $22 to buy 5 pounds of candy. In other countries, Halloween is celebrated with parades and carnivals.
Foods associated with Halloween:
- Barmbrack (Ireland)
- Caramels (UK)
- Caramel Apple / glazed apple (UK and Ireland)
- Caramel Corn
- Colcannon (Ireland)
- Shaped Candies (skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, etc.)
- Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Roasted sweet corn
- Soul Cakes
The average price of a kid’s costume may reach $30 nowadays but without any accessories. Prices vary depending on the manufacturing and competition. Usually, retailers sell costume parts separately, so they don’t seem to be too expensive
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What are your kids going to wear this year?
Here are some top costumes for 2014:
- Frozen Characters
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Halloween: Not just for kids
Halloween is not just a holiday for kids. From ancient-looking drapes, candelabras, fake coffins to some really creepy things you can use the Halloween theme to redecorate your house. It may cost you around $100 to buy some basic Halloween decor like a Halloween lantern, a light-up tombstone, and a skeleton.
Adults spend a lot of money on their costumes. In fact, this sector is rapidly expanding and increasing in the Halloween industry.
For example – a basic pirate costume
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While a kid’s pirate custom costs around $35 or $50, an adult pirate outfit may go up to several hundred dollars; to buy a Captain Hook costume it may cost you around $1000.
The estimated costs from 2013 point up that Americans spent around $6.9 billion to celebrate Halloween. These expenses include the following costs:
- $2.6 billion for costumes (the funny thing is that more money is spent on the adult costumes and not for the children costumes
- $330 million for pet costumes.
For 2014 it is predicted that Americans will spend for Halloween over $77 per person.