Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween Stats & Tips

I thought I'd share some Halloween Stats. conducted a Halloween survey of more than 1,200 members of the Redbox Customer Panel. 

The survey was conducted Sept. 11 – Sept. 18, 2018.

Here are the results. Can you share? If so, please let me know and send links to coverage.

Favorite Family Friendly Halloween Movie, Ranked Top 5

Scariest Movie Ever Seen, Ranked Top 5
5. Saw

·Almost half a century after it’s release, and coinciding with the film’s 45th anniversary, “The Exorcist” is still the scariest movie responders have ever seen.
·“Hocus Pocus,” also celebrating a big milestone with its 25th anniversary this year, significantly outperforms all other family-friendlyHalloween movies.
·Staying home and watching a scary movie (37%) edged out trick or treating (31%) as respondents favorite way to spend Halloween, while understandably parents with children at home prefer trick or treating (53%) over watching a scary movie (26%).
·When watching scary movies, most responders (41%) prefer to have their significant other with them.
·When given the option to choose popcorn or Halloween candy as their favorite snack while watching a scary movie, popcorn was the clear winner for 72% of responders.

According to the latest data available from the Census Bureau, the estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters is 41.1 million

Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips

From the candy to the costumes, trick-or-treating is a highlight of the season for kids. Halloween is the one night of the year when kids venture out and enjoy themselves by the thousands. Parents may take the opportunity to give their kids a little more freedom than they normally would. Unfortunately, whether or not parents join their kids on the candy trail, it can be a dangerous night if they aren’t careful. Krav Maga Worldwide, one of the nation’s leading self-defense organizations, has a few important safety tips for parents to keep in mind before heading out the door this Halloween.

1.  Talk to kids about being aware of their surroundings. This is the most important lesson to teach kids. Explain to them that they need to be fully aware of what is happening around them and take notice of anything suspicious. If they do notice something is odd, they need to inform a parent or trusted adult that is with their group.

2.  Practice the buddy system and stay in groups. Be sure to tell your child how important it is to stay with the group and not to venture off alone. With a large number of people out and about it is easy for a child to get lost in the crowd. 

3.  Do not associate with strangers or enter a stranger’s home. Teach your child to only accept treats from the doorway and to let you know if something occurs that makes them uncomfortable while they are going door-to-door. 

4. Plan a route ahead of time and choose a meeting time and spot. This comes in handy if a child is separated from the group. Also, in the event your child is separated, before going out, put your name and number on your child’s hand and seal it with liquid Band-Aid so it stays put.

5.  Be mindful of costumes. Equip your child with comfortable shoes, flame retardant costume, prop safety, forgo masks and use face paint for better sight and breathing. It is also a good idea to provide your child with a reflector strip, glow sticks, or flash lights.

6.  When in doubt throw it out. Once you are home and sorting through your child’s candy, get rid of anything that is open, has been repackages or is homemade. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Also, pay attention to candy that can cause choking hazards like gum and hard candies. 

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