So when did Halloween become such a popular holiday. I remember when I was growing up, we dressed up in once-piece Halloween costumes that were pretty uncomfortable, and trick or treated with brown paper sacks, until very late at night. There wasn't all the decorations, or the preparations that go on today.
Nowadays, Halloween stuff starts appearing about the time the kids return to school.
Could it have something to do with the money that can be made by selling Halloween merchandise. You got the cute, pumpkins, witches, skeletons, black cats, etc, etc,
Then of course, it could be that Halloween has become a family thing. Families have parties. Families Trick or Treat together. Families really decorate up their homes, both inside, and out.
When Halloween is over, then they do it all over again for Christmas. By the time January rolls around, our homes actually look so bare without any decorations.
Halloween is fun. I had fun with my kids. It just seems that somewhere in the last 10 years Halloween has become a really big deal.