Expert Says Humans Have a Natural Fascination with the Macabre. Halloween Puts Grown-Ups in Touch with Their "Inner Little Monsters"
Source Newsroom: Wake Forest University
The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $1.2 billion for adult costumes this Halloween. That’s more than the $1 billion estimated for children’s getups. “We love a night of fun or a big costume party, but there are deeper reasons we are fascinated with the macabre on Halloween,” Wake Forest English professor Eric Wilson, author of Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, says. “It’s a night when we are allowed to be different – in fact, encouraged to be someone else and not our regular selves.”