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I don’t know about where you live, but I’d say it was somewhere in the mid-2000’s when Halloween became an event rivalling Christmas in Vancouver. It became seriously epic! A little warmer than in December, Oct. 31st is the perfect time of year to walk through neighbourhoods not trick-or-treating (albeit tempting) but looking at the spookily bedecked houses. Folks go all out – sound effects, coffins pop open as you walked by and gravestones are scattered eerily across formerly friendly lawns. (Check out this haunted house in Thornhill, Ontario!) And costumes are no longer just for the kids. Halloween has become a time when everyone can express their creativity and ghoulishness…. as you walk down Broadway or Robson …

It doesn’t seem to be quite as big a deal up here in Yellowknife, perhaps because it’s hard to wear costumes over parkas, but still it has a strong presence (as Nanook the SuperHero demonstrates).

Canadians are going to spend $1.5Billion on Halloween this year, an average somewhere between $60 – $75 per each and every Canadian.

I’ll fess up. Things have been so hectic for me the past few weeks that I haven’t spent a dime on halloween this year. Not a dime. It also means I’ve bunkered down in my apartment so nobody comes trick-or-treating – how lame is that! How ’bout you? Do you get into Halloween? How much did you spend? And what made it worth it?

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  1. Not taking it seriously. Haven’t spent any money on it. I’m of the opinion that if you don’t believe in a tradition/purpose, then you shouldn’t pretend to. And I don’t believe in torturing animals so that their screams can scare away some ghoul who comes looking for souls to take, etc. (see Has Halloweeen become overcommercialized?). Who does, these days?
    Jan Karlsbjerg´s last [type] ..Did I mention that I’m on Facebook


    nancyzimmerman Reply:

    @Jan that vid nailed it. I’ll say no more on the topic.


    Oct 31, 2010
  2. brad

    I bought a pumpkin and made a jack o’ lantern from it, and we bought about $35 worth of candy. A small investment for good entertainment. We get more than 100 kids here every Halloween, and we love seeing their costumes. In my previous apartment we never got any trick-or-treaters, but we’re in a quieter and more walkable neighbourhood now, and carloads of kids come here from other parts of the city. It was a little quieter than usual last night, probably because it was cold and had snowed the night before, so we probably could have spent half as much on candy (we have a lot left over).


    nancyzimmerman Reply:

    @Brad You know? Good point re: small investment. And it’s also (just had an AHA moment) about being part of the community, too, isn’t it. I’d hate to see the event fade away. It’s a cute, fun way to see the neighbourhood kids (and since I’m not a parent I don’t need to deal with the candy hangovers, even!)


    Nov 01, 2010

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