22 Oct How to Relive Your Favorite Childhood Halloween Memories
Each year the Halloween industry has grown and will continue to grow, so long as the economy does well. This year, it’s expected that consumers in the US will spend a total of $9 billion on Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation’s. The average American will spend $86.79 on this fun holiday, with more than 175 million people participating in the festivities.
Are you amongst the 175 million who loves Halloween and the thrill it brings? Or are you one who thinks it’s just for the kids?
Did you know that this year…
- $3.2 billion will be spent on costumes
- $2.7 billion on decorations
- $2.6 billion on candy
- $400 million on greeting cards
- 70% of Americans will hand out candy
- 50% of Americans will decorate their home/yard
- 48% of adults will dress up in costumes
- 45% of Americans will carve a pumpkin
- 32% will throw a party
- 30% will take their kids trick or treating
- 21% will visit a haunted house
- And 18% will dress their pets up in a costume
Halloween obviously isn’t the same that it used to be, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still relive our favorite childhood memories. Below are some of our favorite Halloween traditions that we think you’ll enjoy, too:
1. Picking a Pumpkin
No, we don’t mean going to the nearest supermarket to buy a pumpkin. We mean getting one the old fashioned way–from the pumpkin patch! You may have done this as a child and gone on a hayride. You may have scoured the rows of pumpkins to find the perfectly round, large, deep orange pumpkin. It was fun, and unique, and it was yours. What a fun tradition to bring back! You’ll enjoy carving this pumpkin with your family and then placing it on display on your front porch. You can still enjoy this favorite pastime! There are several pumpkin patches all over the nation. Click here to find one near you.
- Corn Mazes
Getting lost is never fun…unless you do it in a corn maze with a bunch of friends! A corn maze is a maze cut out of a corn field. The very first corn maze was in Annville, Pennsylvania, and these mazes have since grown to become popular attractions all around the country. Corn mazes are a great way for local farmers to generate more income after their harvests have passed. Many mazes are even based on artistic designs such as characters from movies. If you’re not pressed for time and are looking for something fun to do with your friends, a corn maze could be the perfect place for you! Check out these 10 unusual corn mazes around the US.
- Horror Movies
If you’re looking for a more low-key Halloween tradition, try grabbing your favorite scary movie! There are a ton of classics out there to help you get in the Halloween spirit. Click here to learn more about old classic horror films.
Do you remember planning your costume and helping put it together? There weren’t thousands of pre-made costumes that fell apart after one use to choose from. Part of the fun with Halloween was making your own costume. Check out these simple, fun, homemade costumes for inspiration by clicking here.
It’s not officially Halloween until you’ve gone to, or hosted, a classic Halloween party! Throw on some Michael Jackson “Thriller” music, bob for some apples, serve up some bloody fingers and some eyeball cookies, and party away!
- Haunted Houses
It’s estimated that Americans will spend around $9 billion for Halloween this year, and hundreds of millions of dollars from that will be spent on haunted attractions. The haunted house industry is a popular one for sure, and a great way to get into the festivities surrounding this fun holiday. Remember going out with a group of friends to your favorite haunted house? The excitement leading up to it was almost unbearable, and then as you walked through the house, you clutched the arm of the person nearest to you for safety. Some people love to be scared, and this article explains the science behind it. If you’re someone who doesn’t scare easily, try visiting one of the best-rated haunted houses in the US by clicking here.
- Trick or Treating
Of course we can’t forget about the main reason kids go out on Halloween–to collect treats! Not trunk-or-treating. Real trick-or-treating was “grab your pillowcase and race to every house in the city” trick-or-treating. Growing up, we usually had a route mapped out of all the houses that gave away the best sweets (maybe someone even gave you a FatBoy!). And you knew which homes to avoid–the toothbrush lady, the man who gave away apples, or the grandma who gave nickels. While it’s not really “acceptable” for an adult to go trick-or-treating, you can still escort the littles around the neighborhood to help them enjoy this favorite pastime.
Are you feeling nostalgic? What’s your favorite Halloween tradition? While you reminisce, don’t forget to grab your favorite FatBoy and drift away into your childhood days.