For many adults, Halloween was a time for escorting kids to school functions or trick-or-treating, but it Halloween is not just for kids anymore. A recent survey found more adults are picking out their own costumes and finding their own ways to enjoy the holiday .

The survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, this year, found that more than 85 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds plan to party and celebrate the holiday compared to 68 per cent in 2003.

The number of adults between 25 to 34 years who plan to celebrate rose from 69 per cent in 2003 to 77 per cent this year, and those between 35 to 44 year who plan to celebrate Halloween went up from 65 to 71 per cent, the survey showed.

“Halloween offers a little something for everyone and, this year, people of all ages will be joining in the fun,” said Tracy Mullin, Federation President.

Beth Deffenbaugh, a librarian at Green Valley Elementary School said, “I will take my kids trick-or-treating Tuesday night, but this weekend I held my second annual Halloween party for adult friends at my Alabaster home .

“Last year’s costume party was a chance to show off a new house, but it was such a hit that I had to do it again.”

A survey showed that Halloween is the second largest holiday for decorating. Not surprisingly Christmas still ranks as number one.