Happy Halloween! 3 Reasons Why Americans Celebrate Halloween
Did you know Halloween is America’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas? Americans go crazy for Halloween! According to the History Channel, “Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween.” What was once an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain meant to ward off ghosts has evolved into a festive, community holiday for children and adults.
Americans love a good scare.
Halloween began as an ancient Celtic festival Samhain on October 31st, “when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.” While today’s Halloween is no longer celebrated or believed to be a time when ghosts mingle with the living, it is still the perfect time to have some spooky fun. It is during the Halloween season when haunted houses become popular attractions to visit, and Americans enjoy scary movie marathons.
Americans love candy.
We love candy. Period. Food & Wine reports, “The average American eats 22 pounds of candy in a year.” And, according to the History Channel, “One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.” On Halloween, it is a candy free-for-all, as long as you wear a costume and say, “Trick or Treat!”
Americans love to dress up and pretend.
Finally, Americans love Halloween because it is the one time a year when we get to dress and pretend to be someone else or work in different professions. Whether you dress up as someone (or something) scary or as a nurse, you are guaranteed to have fun pretending to be something you are not.
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