From 'Angry Birds' to 'Nicki Manaj' getting ready for the night of 'Trick or treat' has arrived.
It is also a time to reflect on how times have changed. Halloween seems to be put in the closet and protected in bubble wrap. There is no door to door, innocent costumes and apples or popcorn balls.
I have always believed that making your own costume was a better way to go, it brought personality to the whole deal. My kids are older now, but I could not imagine them going out as 'Snooki' or any reality show 'character'.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $72.31 on costumes, candy, and decorations – up 9 percent over last year. Total spending for the holiday is expected to reach $6.86 billion, the most in the NRF survey's nine-year history. Halloween, notes the NRF, is no longer just for school-age trick-or-treaters. It's increasingly an adult party holiday. source
It is actually nice that there is some socialization to the event still!