13 associations that make Halloween a reality

Without associations, Halloween might not be the reliable holiday that it is: you know you can always find pumpkins, Halloween makeup, and piles of candy corn. To do this, here are 13 associations that allow you to unmask your inner ghoul, mermaid, skeleton or zombie.

1. Halloween and costume pairing: Pumpkin-shaped candy containers, oversized fancy cobwebs, bat garlands, children’s costumes – this bunch weighs in on all things Halloween. This year, the group offers advice on the best way to celebrate Halloweekend 2022.

2. Association of Haunted Attractions: Representing those involved in the world of haunted attractions, HAA helps ensure that homes, wagon rides, amusement park rides, mazes and other outlets that claim to be “haunted” have access to tools they need to create fun and safe experiences. .

3. Bat Conservation International: Poor bats – although they are pollinators, fertilizers and pest control, they are considered scary. But BCI is taking the bat reputation by storm with its annual Bat Week, the culmination of its month-long October is for Bats educational efforts. Want to learn how to build a bat house or take steps to support bat habitats? Bat week activities will show you how.

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4. National Association of Confectioners: What would Halloween be without candy? And with more and more Americans taking part in the Halloween festivities, NCA predicts a 5% increase in chocolate and candy sales this year. And it’s not just kids who enjoy their Halloween candy collection: The NCA says two-thirds of parents use the treats too.

5. The Ghost Club: The world’s oldest society dedicated to “psychic research”, this British organization debates and explores unexplained phenomena, as it has done since 1862. The organization stresses that it does not perform clearances or exorcisms, and it also prohibits the use of Ouija boards.

6. National Fire Protection Association: The very things that make Halloween fun — draped costumes, wild decor, flickering candles — can also make it a fire hazard. Enter NFPA, which educates the public on how to celebrate safely.

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7. American Squash Society: The mission of this group is to promote all activities based on the gourd, including “cultivation and manipulation of art forms, historical uses, competition of gourd shows, crafts and artistic decoration”. In other words: it has your jack-o’-lantern’s best interests at heart. (Yes, a pumpkin is a squash, as well as a squash.)

8. National Retail Federation: NRF may not specialize in Halloween merchandise, but this association touches the holiday every step of the way, from costumes to candy to lawn “graveyards.” It also publishes data that other Halloween-happy groups can use to plan their own activities, including this year’s survey, which found that 69% of Americans plan to celebrate this year.

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9. Zombie Research Society: Whether you want to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, discuss zombies in pop culture, or research various theories of decay, ZRS is the source for all things undead. The masterminds of the operation include neuropathologists, epidemiologists and government relations experts. The end night of the living dead director George Romero also served on the advisory board.

10. American Spice Trade Association: With pumpkin spice heralding the season, it’s worth turning to the home spice experts. ASTA represents producers, processors, importers and brokers of national and international spices; its members manufacture and market the majority of spices sold in the United States.

11. Unitarian Universalist Association: Samhain, the ancient Celtic holiday that gave rise to today’s Halloween, is still celebrated by pagans in modern times. And true to its promise to welcome all faiths, the UUA includes Samhain in its library of festivals and ceremonies, welcoming all believers to mark the end of the harvest.

12. National Security Council: The trick or treat can involve costumes that are easy to trip over, masks that limit visibility, and revelers who disregard road safety. NSC offers a Halloween safety guide to ensure families celebrate without risking unnecessary harm.

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13. Association of Animal Rescue Professionals: Whether or not you believe black cats bring bad luck or ride with witches, some animal shelters report that black cats are less likely than other cats to be adopted. ARPA celebrates International Black Cat Awareness Month in October to raise awareness of the plight of these ebony felines.

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