Halloween 2012: An $8 Billion Holiday

ABC News' Dan Lieberman investigates the origin of Halloween in this edition of "Ever Wonder?"
3:00 | 10/31/12

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A Halloween is a holiday for kids of. All ages but it's also -- around literally for ages so how could become what it is today ABC's Dan Lieberman investigates in a report he calls. Ever wonder. Yeah. It's one of the biggest holidays of the year but from the costumes to the candy to the trick or treating its expenses. Costing the average American family hundreds of dollars. So. Ever wonder what it's all about let's go find out. This is ever wonder. We're here at the biggest Halloween story talent side you know what and why they're celebrating its top -- -- -- -- Safety act just. Solid social and that's the greatest things we -- know what and why skeletons. And that's totally beyond she. He -- this place told -- -- big birds that don't have started about disorder we instant global institute of dollars and Constance. People here and it's been like they have now we'll just -- it hasn't. 200. Accidents -- with the whole night the whole night ads seven in ten Americans who get into -- haunting Halloween mood this year. In between candy 2.4 billion the costumes two point nine billion in decorations. 2.4 billion that's nearly. -- dollars. Growth -- and they deuces and then some that's mark -- head of the Halloween industry association described how big. What you -- I would say several thousand people work Brett we in the industry's. All these people all of this cash to be ever find out why we even do Halloween -- And I'll send him off. You know I really don't think that they really truly understand what it's Bowden. Status to a discuss like I could to dress up but actually celebrate it let's let us. To get answers -- -- it's -- we went to church to meet Lutheran pastor. -- Heisman poll -- of course is a contraction. Four. All hallows eve at the end of the year as autumn is happening trees are going to hibernation. So people think of death. We three about slow to be who we are -- he was just having some visual -- So -- dressed up ate chocolate can even went to church and found out there are all sorts of reasons people celebrate Halloween and it's even pretty important to the economy to. This -- ever wonder I'm Dan Lieberman ABC news New York.

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