Celebrate Halloween in Canada

October 23, 2013

Celebrate Halloween in Canada

Immigration can be a tough time for many people. It might be hard to find opportunities to meet new people or to get to find new friends. However, by making the most of festivities and celebrations, it could be relatively easy to help ease yourself into your new surroundings.

As an immigrant to a new country it is a good idea to immerse yourself into the community and join in with local events. While Halloween is often thought of as an American celebration, it seems the Canadians really enjoy October 31st too, and for new immigrants, joining in the Halloween fun would be a great way to introduce yourself to your new neighbourhood.

A new poll by Scotiabank shows that the majority of Canadians will be taking part in Halloween related events. However, they will go a little carefully and will only spend approximately $70 each on average. Residents in British Columbia plan on spending a little more – approximately $82 – while people in Atlantic Canada won’t be spending as much and will only plan to spent $51 on Halloween on activities.

Many adults plan on taking their children trick or treating, which presents a great opportunity for people new to Canada to introduce themselves to their neighbors. However, it seems that with  times still being tough for a lot of people financially, many Canadians are being a little bit careful when it comes to Halloween spending, and they have spent time saving ahead of the occasion.

Mike Henry, Scotiabank Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Payments, Deposits and Lending, had this to say about Halloween spending:

"There is no trick to having enough cash on hand for Halloween.”

"To avoid ghoulish Halloween expenses, Canadians might want to consider using banking products that offer cash back like the Scotiabank Momentum VISA card, or that help you save while you spend like Scotiabank's Bank the Rest program."

Another aspect of Halloween celebrations in Canada include the number of parties planned. 8% of adults plan to go a party, and again, this offers an ideal opportunity to people who have newly immigrated to Canada to get to know people.

Canadian adults aged from 35-44 are the most likely to take their children out to go trick or treating on Halloween. This would provide another opportunity for new immigrants to Canada to participate in a community activity and get to know the local people. 

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