Participation in Halloween activities in the United States 2019

Halloween is a widely celebrated tradition in the United States, with almost 70 percent of Americans planning to participate in Halloween celebrations in 2019. Halloween is celebrated in the United States in various ways, with handing out candy and pumpkin carving being two of the most popular Halloween activities.


Halloween is celebrated around the world on October 31. It is celebrated in many ways, such as trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and dressing up in costumes. This is also a popular time of year for horror and slasher movies, with many movies of this genre released for the Halloween season. Many believe that the origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of summer and the harvest season as well as the beginning of winter. It is a time of year which was often associated with death, as some people believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. Therefore, they celebrated this night as they believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Halloween in the United States

Halloween generates a substantial amount of money for the U.S. economy, as Americans spend significant sums over the Halloween season. The majority of consumers’ money goes towards the purchase of costumes, decorations and candy. Dressing up in a costume has become a popular part of Halloween celebrations.

Do you plan to celebrate Halloween or participate in Halloween activities this year?

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

September 3 to 10, 2019

Number of respondents

7,419 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

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