If you live in Alberta, you’re in luck this Halloween. It turns out Albertans are the most generous when it comes to handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
More than seven in 10 Albertans – or 72 per cent – will hand out candy to kids this Halloween, according to a new Canada-wide Insights West poll. That’s compared to the national average of 54 per cent.
The same poll suggests those in Quebec are the least likely to hand out candy, with just 32 per cent of people taking part in the tradition.
About 38 per cent of Albertans will carve a pumpkin this Halloween, while 37 per cent of people will decorate their homes with a spooky All Hallows’ Eve feel. Twenty-five per cent of Albertans said they will watch a scary movie and 15 per cent will wear a costume to work.
Nearly a quarter of Canadians – 23 per cent – said they would send their kids out trick-or-treating. About 20 per cent of Canadians plan to throw or attend a Halloween party, while 20 per cent also said they will visit Halloween attractions in their community.
Here in Alberta, 29 per cent of respondents who have kids said they will send them trick-or-treating. Twenty-three per cent of Albertans will throw or attend a Halloween party, and 24 per cent will attend Halloween attractions in their area.
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The poll also asked Canadians questions related to Halloween costumes for kids and adults.
More than three-in-five Canadians – 63 per cent – said a costume for a child that represents an ethnic stereotype is “inappropriate,” and slightly more than half – 51 per cent – felt the same way about a costume that involves changing the colour of the child’s skin. Canadians had similar opinions when it came to the same types of costumes for adults.
However, the poll found Albertans are more likely to say they have no problem with costumes that entail changing a person’s skin colour or referring to a different culture, while British Columbians are more likely to find them inappropriate.
To view the full results of the poll, visit Canada-wide Insights West’s website.
Results of the poll are based on an online survey conducted between Oct. 18 and Oct. 22, 2017, among 1,001 Canadian adults. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points for the entire sample, 19 times out of 20.
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