Halloween: More popular than Christmas? Here’s why that may be true

I’ve noticed an interesting trend the last few years, especially amongst the twenty-somethings that I know. They love Halloween but Christmas is just blah. I find this to be quite surprising and wondered why this would be so. After thinking about it a bit though, it did start to make sense in a lot of ways. Yes, I do think I understand it now. Allow me to elucidate.

23 reasons why Halloween may be more popular than Christmas

1. No pressure to have “the best time of the year.”

2. No bad feelings derived from not having the perfect family/life.

3. Awesome Halloween movies, in varrying degrees of scariness/spookiness/grossness.


Beloved movie that, on a scale of 1 to 10, is about a 3 on the scary/spooky/gross scale.

4. You can dress up and play around with make-up.

5. Edgar Allen Poe.

6. Stephen King is more popular on Twitter than Christmas.

Christmas Coutdown followers: 280K

Santa Claus followers: 380K

Stephen King followers: 6 million

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Stephen King’s It movie cameo

7. No pressure to visit or be in the same room as family/relatives.

8. You can indulge in your dark side a bit.

9. It fuels the immagination and helps us believe in magic.

10. Lots of free candy. Hello? Coronavirus free of course!

11. Not to mention, all those wonderful Halloween spirits.

Photo by Kristina Paukshtite on Pexels.com

12. No need to buy a bunch of crap you can’t afford for people that you’re not even sure they’ll like.

13. No need to pretend to be happy and joyous.

14. You can step into the role of your favorite character for a day.

15. You can dress up your babies.

16. You can dress up your pets as well.

17. You can be grumpy and antisocial.

18. Some people choose to dress sexy.

19. Black is sleek and slimming.

20. Halloween trees. Confused? Check out this Christmas Tree board on Pinterest.

(also check out my Halloween Pinterest board)

21. Millions of carved pumpkins just can’t be wrong.

22. “We’re all [a little] mad here.” – Alice in Wonderland

23. No annoying Christmas music… need I say more!

Happy Halloween!!

A list of the worst Halloween candy

Best of Halloween on Pinterest

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49 thoughts on “Halloween: More popular than Christmas? Here’s why that may be true

  1. Oh yeah! I agree. I just can’t get over those Halloween special posts on social media. Hey! I am writing one too. Halloween is the time when we can really experiment. And nobody can judge, the crazier the better.

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    1. Yes, I love all the posts that people share. It helps a lot considering that everything this year has been severely compromised by COVID. Thanks for visiting!! 🙂

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  2. I love to decorate for any reason. Snowmen are for Jan thru the end of Feb, spring decor with St Pats and Easter in there somewhere, summer with a few holidays and cats!, September I have some fall stuff, October is Halloween, then serious fall things til the Friday after Thanksgiving when I start Christmas! Oddly, I don’t have a LOT of decor for each time of the year, but I have enough!! Except for a skeleton. I really really want one of those. I may get one after the larger ones go on discount..or perhaps a dragon!!!!!!!

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    1. That’s great. Decor for every season. I’m sure it’s lovely 🙂
      I tend to buy more during the after-holiday sales than before the holiday itself.

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    1. Liking both is great… the best of both worlds. In a religious sense, both are much more connected to each other than people think… I didn’t even know that Halloween was essentially a Christian observance until I recently started reading about it.

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  3. OK, JoAnn, Cop-Out of Cop-Outs, but can I say I savor both?

    As an only-somewhat lapsed Lutheran, let me speak up for Christmas. In the best sense, which applies for tens of millions, there’s the generosity, the hospitality and the memories. The coziness, the hope and the anticipation too.

    That said, many of these show up around Halloween also. Plus, you’ve got the deliciously warming chill of the subtly mysterious. A hint of smoke floating on the crisp air. Think of the shadows skulking just beyond the flickering light, as opposed to Jason or Freddy. Plus, the overall aesthetic is so much more interesting.

    You mention Christmas music. There are some genuinely magical Xmas songs you’ll hear, if you’re lucky, maybe once a season. Meanwhile, by Thanksgiving you’re seething, “If I hear ‘White Christmas’ one more fikkin’ time…”

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    1. I still like Christmas… although it’s likely much easier for me to take it or leave it since I wasn’t raised to celebrate it. I do wish that it was observed in a way that’s more reverent to it’s true meaning…. as opposed to having it be exploited as a commercial windfall for retailers. Then again, I suppose that’s just the American way.

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      1. That makes sense, JoAnn. As it wasn’t much of presence until your adult years, you have no childhood nostalgia to enrich your Christmas recollections.

        Truth be be told, some years, everything wrapped up with Christmas is so overwhelming, I actually gasp in relief when it’s over. Then, within a month I crave its return.

        Not so much with Halloween. Sure, it lacks moments of pure joy; more like a low-to-medium-grade thrill throughout the season. Still, on November 1 I never express gratitude THAT’S over.

        Let’s just say, with Halloween, year-round, I’m either anticipating, or savoring.

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        1. That’s true. I do like Christmas but it can be overwhelming in a lot of ways. The buildup and the expectations are high. I guess the best way to handle it is just like everything else… embrace the positive and reject the negative… as best as possible anyway. 🙂

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  4. I enjoy not having one of the year’s several dysfunctional family gatherings. My wife is Jewish, so we’ve got 4 holy days every year plus a couple of secular national holidays. As a nudie myself, Halloween can get interesting.

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          1. Kris: Yes, no Halloween movies on the big screen this year… well, hopefully by this time next year things will finally be back to some kind of normal 😕

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              1. Oh that’s great. Social distancing could be feasible. I never liked sitting next to strangers in a movie theater anyway… which is why I never would watch movies opening weekend. Too crowded!

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    1. Ha ha, yeah I didn’t know Halloween trees was a thing either, which is why I included a link to Halloween trees on Pinterest. It’s becoming popular apparently 🌲

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