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One third of city children do not understand Hallowe'en
2:02pm Monday 29th October 2012 in News
A THIRD of children in Southampton do not understand why they celebrate Halloween.
As many as 16% believe it is a day to mark the last witch being burned in the London trials.
But with 45% - almost half - of the seven to 14-year-olds surveyed in the poll attending themed parties to celebrate, it is clear that Halloween is becoming as crucial a date on the calendar for UK kids and their families as it is in the US.
The study, unveiled today by Snazaroo face paints, also pin pointed just how dedicated kids are when it comes to trick or treating, with half knocking on up to 30 doors in their annual rounds of the neighbourhood – smashing the national average of 20%.
A third of Southampton youngsters claim that they feel braver in Halloween costume – it’s no surprise then, that, alongside eating sweets and carving pumpkins, dressing up in costume topped the list as the most popular way for children to get into the spirit of the annual horrorfest.
Four percent of children were so confused as to the meaning of Halloween that they confessed to believing it is actually a day to commemorate the Devil’s Birthday.
Kids in Cardiff were the most clueless, with 77% unsure as to what the day represents.
Unsurprisingly, the traditional Halloween activities of bobbing for apples and trick or treating still remain popular, bringing up the rear in the top five activities carried out by kids in Southampton at Halloween*.