The study which polled 2,000 people, reveals that nearly half (48%) of hallowmean Brits get annoyed by trick or treaters, whilst 42 per cent refuse to take part in the festivities because they don’t believe in the holiday. Worryingly, nearly a fifth (18%) of those polled is concerned about the safety of opening their door to pesky kids, whilst a miserly one in seven (14%) say they’d rather save their money than spend it on sweets. Kids looking to load up their sacks are advised to make an effort with their ghoulish gear as 14 per cent of people claim they will only open their door if the outfits are good enough.
Whilst half of Brits are keeping the door firmly shut, those that will welcome trick or treaters are set to spend over £127million on Halloween treats this year – that’s £5.27 each. Sweets are still the most common treat to hand out on Halloween (87%), however, one in twenty (5%) plan to give fruit to stop kids rotting their teeth and one in sixteen (7%) will give cash.
For kids unlucky enough to visit a hallowmeanie, the most popular trick to play is egging their house, a fate which more than one in ten Brits (13%) have been victim of.
Duncan Jennings, co-founder of VoucherCodes.co.uk says: “Trick or treating is all part of the fun of Halloween so it’s surprising to see that so many Brits won’t be getting into the spirit of things this year. In a tough economic climate, it’s understandable that some would rather save their money than spend it on sweets, but discriminating against children in bad costumes seems a little mean.”
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Notes to editors:
*49% of 49.5million (ONS adult population) = 24,255,000 x £5.27 = £127,823,850
Research was carried out by One Poll with 2000 people between 11th – 12th October 2012
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