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[...]There isn't widespread trick-or-treating (and where there is, it can be highly organized), but more and more kids are going to Halloween parties and dressing up. Then there's an increasing amount of merchandising, which ranges from small pumpkins (normal sized ones are incredibly expensive), cakes, cookies, ice cream, and more. You now see Halloween decorations in stores and even on some TV shows—things that you never saw a decade ago.Be sure to read the rest of the (short) article here. A fascinating example of globalization at work, as well as the interest the children's industries have in spreading consumption-focused holidays as a revenue source. Thoughts?