As Halloween and bonfire night approaches, the latest BMG poll reveals that over half of the British public will not be celebrating either occasion.

When presented with a list of Halloween activities over half (51%) of UK adults said they will not be celebrating Halloween this year, although the number is significantly lower for younger adults aged 18-24 (18%) and 25-34 (27%) and for adults with dependent children (26%).

Of those who said they will be celebrating Halloween this year, most said they will be buying treats for trick or treaters (27%), followed by carving a pumpkin (21%), dressing up for a party (18%) and watching horror films (16%). One in ten adults say they will be going trick or treating (11%) – increasing to 31% amongst adults with dependent children.

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However, Halloween is not the only occasion on the calendar at this time of year as Bonfire night, which unlike Halloween is a British commemoration, celebrated each year on November 5th.

When presented with a list of Bonfire Night activities over half (51%) of UK adults also said they will not be doing anything this year for Bonfire night, although again the number is significantly lower among younger adults aged 18-24 (25%) and 25-34 (33%) and adults with dependent children (29%).

Of those who said they will be celebrating Bonfire night this year, the most popular activity will be attending an organised public fireworks display (27%), followed by lighting sparklers (18%), and buying fireworks and attending a private fireworks display both on 12%. A smaller proportion (9%) said they will light a fire themselves to celebrate Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes.

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Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.

A full breakdown of these results can be found here.

For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.

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Lauren Harris – Senior Research Executive

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