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34% Plan To Pass Out Candy on Halloween

There's more commercial emphasis on Halloween than ever but little or no change in the number of adults getting into the spirit of the holiday.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 34% of American Adults plan on spending their Halloween passing out candy, while just as many (33%) say they don’t plan on doing anything special at all today. Nineteen percent (19%) say they’ll take kids out trick-or-treating, while just seven percent (7%) say they’ll attend a Halloween party. Even fewer (2%) will watch horror movies. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings are similar to results found last year and the year before.

Not surprisingly, 74% of adults with children in the home will be either passing out candy or taking kids out trick-or-treating. Forty-seven percent (47%) of those without children living with them have no special plans for the holiday.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 25-26, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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