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Another three in ten of those not celebrating plan to turn off the lights and pretend no one’s home to discourage trick-or-treaters

Britons love of All Hallows Eve could be waning, as only three in ten (30%) Brits say they plan on joining in with the spooky celebrations this year.

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Two thirds of Britons (67%) say they’ve celebrated the holiday in the past, but this year Brits are more likely to sit out the traditionally American celebration.

Those who are celebrating are also twice as likely to say they aren’t quite as excited about it this year as they were in 2018. Almost a quarter (24%) said they were at least a little less excited for Halloween, compared to 11% who said they are more excited than this time last year.

Even among those celebrating, most Britons plan on staying home. The most popular planned celebrations among Britons are giving out sweets to trick-or-treaters (63%), pumpkin carving (42%) and – tied on 29% - dressing up or watching scary films.

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Only two in ten (20%) celebrators said they planned on going to a Halloween party, and a similar number said they will be trick-or-treating (19%).

Parties are the most popular Halloween celebration with young Brits, with 43% of those aged from 18 to 24 who are celebrating saying they will be attending one. Whereas older Brits are much more likely to stay home and hand out sweets, with 83% of Brits over 55 who plan on celebrating Halloween saying they will stay in to welcome trick-or-treaters.

However, not all Brits are so welcoming to those seeking sweets in exchange for a lack of mischief. Of those not celebrating, three in ten (29%) say they will be turning off the lights and pretending no one is home to dodge their local trick-or-treaters.

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