According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $5.8bn (£3.6bn) on Halloween last year. In times of spending cuts and job insecurity that is a staggering amount of money.

In some instances, according to a survey by market research firm Mintel, preparations begin weeks before the event and discovered 23% of Americans would buy special decorations for their home, the second largest proportion for any holiday, after Christmas.
Welcome to the world of the “home haunters”, enthusiasts who dedicate months every year putting together awesome Halloween displays in their front gardens.

For most there is no commercial element. They do it because they can and they enjoy both the preparation and the reactions of the legions of parents and young trick-or-treaters who turn up at suburban front gardens to see how far a hobby can go.

In some instances fame spread so far and wide arrangement had to be put in place to control the sight-seers such as closing off roads.  In some cases home owners have had to move if they wanted to maintain their annual displays, while others raise funds for charity.
For some, their love of Halloween has created businesses.  Such as for the man who spends most of his year carving custom ordered tombstones!

Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History, explains that while it originated in the UK, Halloween started took on an important, communal element in the early 20th Century when it was something that could be celebrated by a range of immigrant communities.
Although the UK is taking Halloween more seriously it still has to compete with Bonfire Night just a few days later. But it would be hard to argue that the UK even comes close to matching the US in the sheer visible exuberance of Halloween.
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What’s your Favourite Funny Valentine Quote


Valentine Day!

What on earth could I write about Valentine’s Day that hadn’t been written, better, by someone else already?
I clicked on yet another valentine site for inspiration, and another, and another… and then a chance remark by DH and I had my subject!
Quotes!
And believe me there are millions out there 🙂 so off I went again to select a few that ‘tickled my fancy’.

“Valentine’s Day is when a lot of married men are reminded what a poor shot Cupid really is.” ~Unknown

“One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.” ~Oscar Wilde

“If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?” ~Unknown

No matter how love sick a woman is, she shouldn’t take the first pill that comes along.” ~Joyce Brothers

“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?” ~Lily Tomlin

“Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.” ~Groucho Marx

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.
Hawkeye, M.A.S.H.

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
Erich Segal

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.
Aerosmith

Love is a grave mental disease.
Plato

Mine is:- “If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?” ~Unknown

What’s yours?
~Giveaway~
I will give a PDF copy of Meditative Serenity to the answer that makes me laugh the most.
Sherry Gloag is a multi published author with two books out this month. The Wrong Taregt and Duty Calls which follow on the success of her debut novel, The Brat, last October.

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