Observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils and hobgoblins. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, many of the young and young at heart take a more light-spirited approach. As a result, modern Halloween is often a fun night around the neighborhood, out on the town and sometimes a fun moment at the work place.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) consumer intentions survey released on October 6, 2009 found that Americans plan to spend on average 2.7 % more of their money in celebrating Halloween this year. The NRF provided a breakdown of average spending as follows: $24.17 on Halloween costumes, $20.39 on candy, $18.25 on decorations and $3.73 on greeting cards. Overall expected spending for this year’s celebration is expected to reach $5.77 billion. But these are only expected and projected numbers while Halloween is a time to have fun and enjoy your company.
Below is a picture of several employees from Allied Media Corp., whose mission is to help clients effectively communicate to the specific ethnic communities here in the U.S. and overseas. Last Friday, this diverse team with multilingual capabilities also enjoyed the end of the week in the office with a touch of laughter and funky costumes in honor of the Holiday.