It appears vampires have the zombies on the run this Halloween.
A poll commissioned by Scotia Bank indicates that the next in line for costumes of choice among the 54 per cent of Canadians who this year plan to celebrate All Hallows Eve, one way or another, are witches, fairies, and pirates, all of them outpacing the inevitable – but decidedly outnumbered – lurching zombies.
The poll indicates that British Columbians have prepared themselves to spend more on Halloween this year (about $82 on average) than any other Canadians (national average: $70).
The top two activities planned across the country are handing out candies and taking the kids out trick-or-treating, to collect those candies being handed out.
While replacing trick-or-treating with Halloween parties for kids continues to gain popularity, there will still be thousands of youngsters out on the streets and avenues this Thursday evening.
Most will be appropriately dressed (at least from a safety perspective) in bright costumes and reflective clothing, with masks that afford them clear visibility of their surroundings, and will be accompanied by responsible adults as they troll for candies through familiar neighbourhoods.
But some will not – they’ll be dressed in dark or drab clothing, stumbling over trailing costumes, without adequate flashlights. In some cases, they will simply have strayed momentarily from a well-organized group.
If you’re driving anywhere as Halloween’s dusk begins to fall – the traditional time for ghosts and goblins to traipse from doorstep to doorstep in a quest for bags of sweets – be careful.
If your kids are out there, prepare them, impress on them to be careful… and accompany them.
Despite the sometimes macabre costumes, it’s supposed to be fun, not tragic.
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