SURVEY SAYS: Halloween Plans 2019

PLANSPONSOR NewsDash readers share their plans for Halloween 2019.

Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What are your plans for Halloween, and will you be dressing in costume?”

Nearly four in 10 responding readers (38.9%) indicated that Halloween is a big occasion for them and their family, while the rest said it is not. Only 22.2% of respondents indicated Halloween is a big occasion for their workplace.

The majority of responding readers (70.6%) said they will answer the door for trick-or-treaters, and 29.4% indicated they will be taking children trick-or-treating. No one reported they will be attending a social gathering for Halloween, but 5.9% said they are hosting one, and 11.8% are attending a Halloween event. Approximately one in 10 (11.8%) said they will be doing nothing for Halloween.

Nearly half (47.1%) of responding readers will not be dressing in costume this Halloween. However, 29.4% will dress in costume while opening the door for trick-or-treaters. Slightly more than 11% will dress in costume while attending a social event, and the same percentage reported they will dress in costume all day. Fewer (5.9%) indicated they will dress in costume at work.

Among those who chose to leave comments, one reader has a message about letting children be children on Halloween. Readers reported what they intend to be their “costume” for the day, and different plans than the ones listed in the survey. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: This year I’m handing out Jello shots for the adults!” Hmmm… wonder where that reader lives?

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the survey!


I don’t wear a costume, but I usually wear black and Halloween themed jewelry.

I am not a total Halloween grump. But I am not a big fan of the trick or treat, get candy, then sell candy to a dentist or parents take away the candy. The joy as a child is getting the candy and savoring over the days and weeks to come. Let the children be children. If don’t want them to have the candy, then don’t trick or treat or only do a few houses. Let the children be children!! (Although, I do like the dentists who buy back the candy when they donate to our troops overseas or something like that.)

October is my favorite month and for several years I have taken Halloween off to watch scary movies, sit by the fire, and get the kids ready for trick-or-treating. Best. Day. Ever.

I will buy candy on the 31st so we don’t attack it; share some with cute little new neighbors, hide a few in our house, then bring the rest to work.

I’ll be wearing a shirt of the infamous proof that shows 1=0. I just hope people don’t think that it is my own personal opinion.

At work, I wear a pin on my business suit that says “This IS my costume.” Kinda says it all.

This is one of those holidays that make you feel like a kid again…just low key, harmless fun. Plus, the kids in all their costumes, hopped up on candy is really a great thing to observe from your front porch! 😉

It’s the one day where you can be whatever you want to be, you can step out of the norm and play a monster or be a princess for the day. And it doesn’t matter if you’re 80 or 5 years old! There is not another day like it so I say seize the day.

This year I’m handing out Jello shots for the adults!


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