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Halloween spending rises like a bat out of hell

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There’s no stopping the rise of the Halloween monster in the UK – it’s now our third biggest retail event, dislodging Valentine’s Day and taking its place behind Easter and Christmas. Surprised?

When you sink your teeth into the stats, it comes as less of a shock.

In 2010 we discussed how a ‘frightful’ UK spend of £280m was expected for 31 October. Here we are five years on, and reports are predicting a 2015 expense that could exceed £400m – that’s a 42% increase!

We may still lag significantly behind the billions being spent in the US, but the UK clamour for Halloween is on a relentless march – millennials being the driving force behind the increases in interest and subsequent spending.

Is Halloween too commercialised?

Supermarkets are understandably keen to get involved (see Tesco below) – it’s unlikely you’ve been able to avoid the decorations and fright-themed packaging that adorn the shelves throughout the month. The commercialism can be suffocating, but then, it’s only a bit of fun isn’t it?

While Christmas and Easter have official holidays, those ‘celebrating’ Halloween nowadays are doing so in the name of having a good time with something a little bit different. Whether or not you can get on board with it all comes down to personal preference.

I actually quite enjoy Halloween’s unique atmosphere – if you get in the right spirit (sorry) then there’s certainly no harm in embracing it

We’ve been having a bit of fun here at Which?, and we’re pretty pleased with our pumpkin carving and decorating efforts! OK, the minion might not quite qualify as Halloween – but we do think they make pretty awesome pumpkins!

Our carved pumpkins

Overall we spent £7 on our three pumpkins, which could be worse given a reported pumpkin shortage following a very rainy August.

Have you been preparing for Halloween with lavish decorations and scary costumes? Or, like us, have you been making a mess carving pumpkins? It doesn’t have to be your cup of tea – you may have had your arm twisted by your kids who just don’t want to miss out!

Either way we’d love to hear if you’ve been splashing the cash – how much is too much? And of course, please do share your decorations with us.

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See Which? Best Buy pumpkins for next year

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If you work out the birth of Jesus by computer you will find that he was probably born in late summer if you take the sign of his birth the star in the sky which was the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Pisces and in the ascendant/upper sky at two particular times of the year none of them December ,even in the Old Calendar.

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it is of no great importance that we Christians celebrate the Birth of Christ in December. Remember that there were no birth certificates then or records then. they only became compulsory in the UK in 1835 !!! Ancient people did not attach much importance to time and dates as we do today. Most knew about seasons but little knew about dates and months. It was the learned of the day who told them about it. (In fact, whether I am born in February of June is of little importance to others who believe that I am alive.) December is a good time to bring new life and the Light of Christ into a darkened world (northern hemisphere) so the Early Church Fathers fixed it close to the shortest day. Good idea as far as I am concerned. Belief does not depend on the day Christ was born but on the fact that his death was universally redemptive.

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Ancient people did not attach importance to times and dates ??? .Maybe thats why the eastern /middle-east/Mediterranean areas of the Ancient World, population visited astrologers so often . From Chinese astrology to Chaldean /Arabian/Greco/Roman etc. Just because the bible only mentions = we saw his star in the sky and thats it doesnt mean the bible is the be all or end all of World knowledge as a matter of fact it is very political and not altogether truthful made up centuries later for very political motives by people who had no first hand or even second hand knowledge of reality in those days . Even the KIng James Version has been “doctored ” because it would upset the King as “supreme ruler” (all bow before him ) so reincarnation was left out as that took the power away from Kings /Religious bodies etc and put it directly into your own hands -ie- you are responsible for your own actions ,no body likes to lose power over the population. Tell me ? who is behaving like Jesus in 2015 -think carefully before you answer . Also Christianity is being quickly downgraded in this country due to political correctness banned in many places -no more RI in schools etc . Only one religion is being protected .

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Every maintained school in England must provide a basic curriculum (RE, sex education and the National Curriculum). This includes provision for RE for all registered pupils at the school (including those in the sixth form), except for those withdrawn by their parents (or withdrawing themselves if they are aged 18 or over) in accordance with Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

The key document in determining the teaching of RE is the locally agreed syllabus within the LA concerned (see ‘Agreed syllabus’, p.14). Schools designated as having a religious character are free to make their own decisions in preparing their syllabuses. LAs must, however, ensure that the agreed syllabus for their area is consistent with Section 375(3) of the Education Act 1996, which requires the syllabus to reflect that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

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Rules are one thing but practice is another minority groups have a heavy influence on childrens education so much so that “indoctrination ” is being employed do I need to go into details here which will upset minority groups ? Anybody who challenges it is labeled-****** and ****** and **** its so bad now I cant even put down what I think in case various groups take me to court.

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If what you say is provable then you have nothing to be concerned about.

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Thanks to everyone who sent through a Black Friday contribution. I’m going to wait until closer to the day before publishing it. But in the meantime, I thought this was interesting. Asda is ditching Black Friday promotions after originally helping bring the day to the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34774289

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Walmart USA owners of Asda UK have had a US backlash from US consumers due to them being angry that it is “upsetting ” the Christmas “spirit ” whether that makes them more religious is another thing . IN any case Walmart USA has already started “black friday ” on Nov. 1 st in the US called “early black Friday ” Award given to the salesperson who thought it up (no just kidding)

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I’m not sure about Black Friday. Last year, some people behaved like animals in the sales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30241459

The Black Friday Riots could become an annual event unless the public takes action. Unfortunately, too many are obsessed with money and bargains to have much effect.