Brits set for biggest ever fancy dress party with Halloween falling on a Saturday

29 Oct 2015

Get the skeleton costumes and the trick or treat sweets ready – the UK is set for the biggest Halloween party ever with the event falling on a Saturday (Oct 31).

Get the skeleton costumes and the trick or treat sweets ready – the UK is set for the biggest Halloween party ever with the event falling on a Saturday (Oct 31).pumkins with LED lights inside

With Halloween falling on a Saturday and Guy Fawkes Night just five days later many people are set to celebrate both events in one huge fancy dress party.

This year Brits are set to spend up to an estimated £400 million on Halloween costumes, scary face masks, witch’s hair and other accessories, pumpkins, sweets plus party food and drink.

Halloween has grown significantly in the last 10 years with the whole family, from young trick or treaters through to teenagers and adults, helping to turn it into the second biggest party of the year, after New Year’s Eve.

Tesco Halloween buyer Bryony Watson said: “Halloween is the second biggest party event of the year after New Year’s Eve and has doubled in size over the last 10 years.

“As this one falls on a Saturday we believe it could be the biggest the UK has ever seen.

“Until the early noughties Halloween was still mainly celebrated as a kids’ party event and the greatest demand from customers was for trick or treating confectionery and maybe a few costumes and face masks.

“But the event has been adopted by adults as a great excuse for a party and as a result of them joining in the fun we’re seeing an annual rise in demand for costumes, masks and of course party food and drink.

“While Halloween has always been a huge party event in America we’re now seeing many Brits determined to join in the fun."

For this Halloween Tesco will sell an estimated:

  • More than 3 million pumpkins – 1 million more than last year because of better availability
  • More than 200,000 glow in the dark fangs
  • 170,000 tubes of fake blood
  • 170,000 witch hats
  • 150,000 witch brooms
  • 80,000 hooded masks
  • 40,000 adult witch wigs

For more information on how to stay safe this Halloween read our Talking Shop blog.

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