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Over $8 million dollars in sales were generated in Halloween related items in 2012. Halloween is no longer the domaine of pint size trick or treaters.

A recent Harris Poll showed, that while only a small minority adults actually dress up in costume, a big majority plan to celebrate Halloween in some other way such as:

    • Giving out candy to trick-or-treaters (57%);
    • Putting up Halloween decorations (31%);
    • Carving pumpkins (24%);
    • Attending a Halloween party (24%);
    • Trick-or-treating with kids or grandkids (23%); and,
    • Watching scary movies (23%)

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We sell a lot of mannequins and mannequin parts at Mannequin Madness in October to people for Halloween decorations. Often by Oct 21 our mannequin boneyard is barren. This year we are sponsoring a contest for the most creative Halloween display using mannequin parts.

Here are some of the reasons why adults like Halloween:

1 Halloween gives you permission to dress up (or undress) to indulge your fantasies and escape from reality for a few hours.

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2 You aren’t obligated to be with family members that you haven’t seen in awhile like you are at Thanksgiving and Xmas.

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4 You can decorate anyway you want – goth, horror, pumpkins, witches – as Halloween doesn’t have to adhere to the political/religious sensitivities that Xmas, Easter and Thanksgiving do.

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Note, the photos in the blog post were provided by avid mannequin collector, Howard Murray, who hosts legendary Halloween parties at his home.  Each year he has a different theme and decorates his home (and mannequins) accordingly.

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5 No shopping for gifts, no Black Friday, no standing in line at 3am waiting for Target or Walmart to open

Read tomorrow’s blog post for the remaining 5 reasons why adults love Halloween. For ideas on creative Halloween Displays (using mannequin parts of course) check out our Pinterest board.

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