Halloween arrived in the United States and Canada with the Celtic immigrants of the 19th century. Ireland's potato famine sent immigrants to North American shores, and their Halloween celebrations were at first viewed as an ethnic oddity.
The term "trick or treat" appears basically nowhere in books prior to the 1940s, when it suddenly skyrockets. Modern Halloween costumes descended indirectly from this European penchant for celebrating with masks. Like trick-or-treating, the Halloween costume became an American tradition in the 1950s, at the same time as "trick or treat" .
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has been conducting its annual Halloween survey since 2003 to see how Americans will celebrate the fright and delight of this beloved autumn holiday.
More than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, spending an average $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34, said NFL. Total spending is expected to reach $8.4 billion, an all-time high in the history of NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights. The survey finds that 7 in 10 consumers plan to hand out candy, and nearly half will decorate their home or dress in costume.
More than three million children will dress as their favorite action or superhero, 2.9 million will dress as their favorite princess and 2.5 million plan to dress as a cat, dog, bunny or other animal.
But Halloween is no longer just for the kids and those with kids, and retailers can be a part of the action by helping consumers find everything they need to enjoy a seasonal party.There are a lot of stores in New York where you can by everything you need for Halloween. This year I visited two of them that are considered among top ten best shops for Halloween in New York. These stores are in East Village and are close to each other , just 20 minutes by foot.
The first one is the store with a very funny name "Abrakadabra". Really strange name, isn't it? The best-known use of this invocation of late would be the “Avada Kedavra” or “Killing Curse” in J.K. Rowling's popular magical fantasy Harry Potter book and movie series.“Harry Potter, the boy who lived... come to die. Avada Kedavra!,” screams Lord Voldermort in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" .
Look what Wikipedia wrote about the origin of the word. The word may have its origin in the Aramaic language. The first known mention of the word was in the third century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis. A physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle.
It is impossible to say now why this funny word was chosen as a shop name 30 years ago when the shop started on Christopher Street. In 2007 two brothers Robert (Bob) and José (Joe) Pinzón's bought the shop and transformed this mom-and-pop shop into a Halloween emporium.
The brothers say they trace their roots to the Pinzón brothers, who owned and captained the Pinta and the Niña, the two vessels that escorted Christopher Columbus' Santa María in his journey to what later became known as AmericaWith Halloween approaching, the brothers are ready for an avalanche of orders and customers of all ages.
"There's all kinds of people in New York, and it's not only for Halloween. There's all kinds of crazy parties in the Hamptons, and Christmas. We are busy all year long." , - said Bob.
Halloween Adventure was founded in 1981. There are only three permanent locations - two in PA and one in NYC, but over 40 temporary pop-ups that have now expanded to Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The manager Tony Bianchi first opened a temporary pop-up store in 1991 in New York and continued to open temporary pop-ups in the East Village until 1996. The permanent home for Halloween Adventure in 1996 in what used to be a World Gym at 104 4th Avenue. The store was expanded in 2004.
A wide selection of prepackaged costumes and a huge children’s section are along with tons of accessories are located on two floors. A visit to this massive costume, prop and magic mecca can be overwhelming—luckily, the store provides a handy map of its two-level space.
Both stores stays open late in October, making this a good stop for the truly last minute costume.