10. What has become of Halloween today:
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Halloween today has come a long way since Pope Gregory made it a holy day for the world—though it barely resembles the holiday it once was.
• In America we spend nearly $8 billion on Halloween every year, including $1.25 billion on child costumes, $1.5 billion on adult costumes, and $2.3 billion on candy.
• More than two-thirds of us (68 percent) celebrate Halloween, almost three-quarters of us (74 percent) pass out candy, and nearly half of us (44 percent) don a costume for the event.
• Each Halloween season, the average person in America spends $32 on a costume, $27 on candy, and $24 on decorations.
Still, we’ve got to give the old Pope credit: He started something that’s lasted for centuries and seems more popular today than it ever was.
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Marion Paull. Creating Your Vintage Halloween. (London: CICO Books, 2014) 14, 18-19
David J. Skal. Death Makes a Holiday. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2002)
World Book Encyclopedia, H, Volume 9. (Chicago, IL: World Book, 2016) 24a, 24b, 25
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at PopFam.com, and bestselling author of the suspense novel Annabel Lee.
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