Youngsters believe spooky night marks Devil’s birthday

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Nearly three-quarters of children in Sheffield do not understand why they celebrate Halloween – with one in five believing it marks a witch burning, a study has revealed.

The study also pinpointed how dedicated Sheffield youngsters are when it comes to trick or treating, with 60 per cent knocking on up to 30 doors in their annual rounds – three times the national average of 20 per cent.

And 45 per cent attend themed parties to celebrate the creepy calendar date.

Nearly half of youngsters, 40 per cent, also claim they feel braver in Halloween costume, while eating sweets, carving pumpkins and dressing up in costume topped the list as the most popular way for children to get into the spirit of the horror-fest.

But 71 per cent of Sheffield children did not know the reason for Halloween and four per cent confessed to believing it commemorates the Devil’s birthday.

Charlie Wallis, of Snazaro, which supplies Halloween-themed face painting kits, said: “It’s surprising so few children know why we celebrate Halloween.

“However, it’s clear Halloween is becoming an important date in the UK calendar, with huge numbers of families organising parties for their children and their friends.”