What are you planning for Halloween this year? This week the Crofton students in grades 9-12 were asked the question: What is your favorite Halloween activity? Their choices were watching scary movies, trick-or-treating, going to a haunted house or carving pumpkins. The best part of Halloween must be anything and everything spooky because most students prefer going to haunted houses more than the other activities. The next favorite activity was watching scary movies, followed by trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins.
Halloween is big business in the U.S. According to statista.com, Americans spend about $2.7 billion annually on candy and $3.4 billion on costumes. Of 100 Crofton students surveyed, 32% of high school students said they were going to visit a haunted house; with 31% saying they would watch a scary movie. Of those surveyed, 20% told us they were going to go trick-or-treating, and 17% said they would carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.
Crofton students are not alone in their celebration of Halloween. Americans have almost doubled their Halloween expenditures over the past 10 years. It is projected that we will spend over $9.1 billion on the celebration of Halloween in 2017.