Why is Hallow'een so popular in America?
October 10, 2006 4:58 PM Subscribe
Why is Hallow'een so popular in the USA?
posted by A189Nut to human relations (56 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
When I was a kid in the UK in the Sixties we might knock on a few doors and cadge money, but it was no big deal.
Now it seems that "Trick or Treat" and plastic masks, costumes, etc. have become the norm here and it is agreed that this has come to us from America.
Now I know the argument that it is all just a consumer opportunity, but at the same time I do find it strange that Americans - and even American adults - celebrate Hallow'een so much. Is it lack of holidays? Is it a sort of displacement for other religious festivals that aren't national? Is it some strange hangover from the dark forest facing the early settlers?