Halloween: the American exclusive

Halloween: the American exclusive

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Costumes, candy and Halloween decorations line the shelves at retailers during the month of October.

Some 170 million Americans will celebrate the creepy holiday, according to the National Retail Federation. 

For sophomore Owen Pyatt, Halloween is his favorite holiday.

“Every year my family gives out Snickers and Skittles to little kids so that’s a tradition that we have. I love Halloween for the candy, and the costume parties. This year I think I am going to be a werewolf,” Pyatt said.

According to the Gallup News Service, roughly 1 in 10 Americans have religious objections to Halloween.

“I celebrated Halloween until I was seven years old and then I stopped. I don’t really miss celebrating it that much though. When I was little I dressed up and trick or treated, but now I am not allowed to do those things,” sophomore Johana Romero said.

Romero’s mother made her stop participating in second grade, as she believes it is the devil’s holiday.

“I hate scary stuff, like haunted houses, so it does not bother me that we don’t celebrate it. The only thing I really miss about celebrating it is the candy,” Romero said.

Halloween is primarily celebrated in the United States and Canada. For Brazilian foreign exchange student, sophomore Manoela Moreira this will be her first Halloween celebrating like an American.

“In Brazil children still Trick – or – Treat, but they do not dress up.  I can’t wait to dress up and celebrate Halloween,” Moreira said.