A Survey of Westchester Residents' Halloween Plans, Preferences, Halloween Costumes, and Trick-or-Treating Candy

BOO! Westchester Magazine on your habits, plans, and preferences for the last day of the month—Halloween.



For me, Halloween is...

...a fun time for adults, too—I love dressing up and going to a costume party (and maybe having a few alcoholic “treats”) (40%)

...just for the kids (like every other holiday) (36%) ...a chance to be a kid again—I love decorating my house and preparing for trick-or-treaters (24%)

 

My all-time favorite Halloween costume when I was a kid was...
Ninja ... 14%
Zombie...19%
Princess... 31%
Elvis Presley ... 6%
Bill Clinton ... 5%

What age do you think kids should stop trick-or-treating?
10 ...12%
13 ... 24%
16 ... 38%
Whenever they graduate high school... 16%
Whenever they go on Medicare ... 10%

My favorite Halloween candy is...
Snickers ... 14%
Butterfinger ... 10%
Candy Corn ... 7%
Skittles ...17%
Jawbreaker ... 2%
Anything Chocolate ... 35%
Other ... 28%





 
My least favorite Halloween candy is...
Candy Corn ... 33%
Licorice ... 29 %
Jawbreaker ... 10%
Other ... 28%

On Halloween, I give out...
Candy ... 67%
Fruit ... 10%
Home-baked goods ... 19%
Money ... 0%
Stickers ... 4%

On Halloween, my kids...
go trick-or-treating with
their friends. It’s a safe
neighborhood
... 55%
Go to a supervised Halloween party
in lieu of trick-or-treating (too
many nut jobs out there) ... 32%
Stay at home ... 13%

What I spend more on...
$$$ on my kid’s Halloween
  costume
... 39%

hours making my kid’s Halloween
  costume ... 26%
time arguing with my kid about
  his/her Halloween costume ... 35%

This year, my kid is dressing as...
Not sure yet ... 13%
Witch ... 5%
Zombie ... 4%
Vampire ... 3%
Pirate ...  2%
Shrek ... 2%
Lady Gaga ... 2%
Superman ... 2%
SpongeBob ... 1%
Other ... 66%

Fess up: when you were a kid, did
you “forget” to turn in your
UNICEF money?

YES ... 24%
NO ... 76%