Witches and sorcerers, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a sigh of relief this year as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States is falling and trick lovers can feel safer collecting candy.
And while a new poll shows Halloween participation is recovering but still falls short of pre-pandemic levels, an industry trade group says people who celebrate are spending record creepy spending this year.
Sales of sweets, costumes and décor items are up at least 25% year-over-year and are forecast to set a new high of $ 10 billion to $ 11 billion, according to Aneisha McMillan, a spokeswoman for the Halloween and Costume Association.
“People really got into the Halloween spirit,” she said.
While the pandemic remains a concern, outdoor activities such as ploy or treatment have received endorsements from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the state’s chief infectious disease expert, and Dr. Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts advise people to keep disinfectant and masks close at hand and to continue to stay away from crowded, poorly ventilated areas.
Angela Montier of Sandy, Utah said watching her 4-year-old daughter Justina celebrate Halloween this year was “magical.” The family did little for the 2020 holiday other than handing out candy for the stunt lovers, so they were trying to catch up this fall.
“We made a pumpkin patch and threw a little Halloween party at our home with other young children,” Montier said at a gift-giving event at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in nearby Salt Lake City. “At this age, they need to play with other children and they need an aspect of socialization.”
A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Public Relations Research Center found that 35% of Americans plan to hand out candy this Halloween, up from 42% in pre-pandemic 2019 but still above the 25% mark noted in a separate report. … NORC Review in 2020.
Meanwhile, 16% said they intend to treat their children to a treat or treat, up from 25% in 2019 and 12% last year.
Among those who are not knocking on the door again this year is Rolando Cadillo of Phoenix, whose family has a 15-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. Last year, they chose a pandemic-safe Halloween at home and did not give out candy. This year they are stocking up on sweets, but do not take off their masks.
Cadillo’s son will disguise himself as Spider-Man, but will not joke or have fun, and he does not know whether to let his daughter go with friends.
“We’re planning to stay home, but we’re going to give candy to the kids who knock on the door,” Cadillo said as the family left the Spirit of Halloween costume store. “I think this is better than last year. More people got vaccinated. “
Nearly 191 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is about 58% of the population. The country is on the verge of expanding its efforts to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, but that won’t happen until after Halloween until there is final CDC approval.
Halloween came last year, with cases nationwide rising to 81,000 a day at the start of what ended in a fatal winter spike. Many parades, parties and haunted houses have been canceled due to bans on mass gatherings and fears that the celebrations could spread the coronavirus. Others have gone ahead, but with pandemic wrinkles and, at times, a hint of a nation’s tendency to turn to fear as entertainment in times of turmoil.
Today, the number of infections in the United States is on the decline, with an average of 73,000 new infections per day currently being registered, up from 173,000 in mid-September.
Concerns persist, especially where rural hospitals remain strained. Also in the Phoenix area, the Salt River Indian community of Pima Maricopa has banned Halloween events after a 140% increase in cases.
But in places where the infection rate is lower, many people are ready for Halloween, which falls on the weekend, which prolongs the celebration.
Google search trends indicate that classic costumes are still popular, with witches, rabbits and dinosaurs at the top. More modern outfits are also popular, McMillan says, inspired by the hit South Korean Netflix “Squid Game” and “WandaVision,” the hit Marvel TV series. According to her, there are even several relevant proposals, for example, a pair of suits from a vaccine and a syringe.
But the surge in enthusiasm means there has been some shortage of suits, linked to retailers’ uncertainty about placing orders, coupled with supply chain problems plaguing many parts of the economy.
“A lot of people get really creative because they can’t find the unique costumes they want. They make costumes for groups or for couples so they can mix and match and match, ”McMillan said.
Some trends have changed since last year, with fewer people opting for first responders and superhero costumes and leaning more toward pop culture and nostalgia.
“This is the most beloved celebration of millennials, and they are known to be nostalgic,” McMillan said. “We’ve all been locked up for so long … I think this will be the biggest holiday in history.”