Washington — NCA is advising people to make sure they have candy on hand for trick-or-treaters this year, as 80 percent of respondents to its most recent survey say they plan to participate in the Halloween tradition. In addition, the survey found 82 percent of Americans are planning to celebrate the 2021 Halloween season, including 93 percent of millennial parents.
According to the Association, in 2020, Americans found creative and innovative ways to share chocolate and candy as part of the season — from candy chutes to ziplines to homemade robots.
“As the world continues to shift around us, Halloween is a constant that can bring us joy and excitement by helping people embrace time-honored traditions and create new experiences,” John Downs, NCA president & CEO, says. “The Halloween season has always been about people, traditions and celebrations. Whether people celebrate with a classic night of trick-or-treating or other creative ways of enjoying the season throughout October, this season is all about how we Halloween.”
NCA acknowledges that every community will have a different approach to celebrating the Halloween season, which could mean spending more time getting creative with Halloween plans or just more time celebrating the season throughout the entire month of October. In fact, the survey found that 82 percent of Americans are confident they will find safe and creative ways to celebrate the Halloween season.
To help navigate the Halloween season, NCA has developed a set of resources available on a digital hub called Halloween Central. Visit AlwaysATreat.com/Halloween for tricks for treating in 2021, including safety tips, history lessons and fun facts. NCA also encourages people to check with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local public health officials for safety guidance.