The streets, and maybe even your home, will be filled with ghosts, witches, fairy tale princesses, and of course superheroes ready for battle this month as neighborhoods across the state celebrate Halloween.
A time of celebration and superstition, Halloween is said to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would dress in costume and light bonfires in order to ward off unwanted spirits, and roaming ghosts.
The tradition of dressing up in costume and taking the little ones’ trick-or-treating dates back to several hundred years ago when food supplies were low and the shorter days of winter were worrisome to those afraid of the dark.
Since this time the age old ritual of trick-or-treating has evolved. The activity is now so popular that the National Retail Federation predicts that more than two-thirds of all Americans will spend $7.4 billion on celebrating it.
- $1.4 billion on adult costumes
- $350 million on pet’s costumes
- $1.1 billion on children’s costumes
- $2.2 billion on Halloween candy
- $2 billion on Halloween decorations
Topping the list of planned celebrations, according to the federation, is handing out candy (71.1%), decorating homes and yards (46.7%), dressing for the occasion (45.8%), and finally, throwing or attending a party (33.4%).
Ghastly Carpet Stain Removal Tricks
Between the Halloween party and your own little goblins, you may quickly find that your carpet has turned into stain central this Halloween, which can turn even the sweetest Disney princess hostess into a thundering headless horseman.
Save your home’s carpets and your sanity this Halloween by preparing yourself for even the most ghastly of all spills, drips, makeup stains and drops this year by utilizing the following carpet stain removal tricks.
Trick #1: Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by gently blotting the area with a clean paper towel or scrapping it with a dull knife (a rounded spoon works just as well).
Trick #2: Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean while cloth, paper towel, or cotton ball. Agitate gently, then rinse with warm water, and blot dry with another clean towel. Be careful not to penetrate the carpet pile as this may cause damage.
Trick #3: Apply a small amount of diluted dish soap to the spot; one teaspoon per pint of warm water works best. Gently agitate the affected area by blotting with clean, non-patterned, paper towel.
Trick #4: Rinse affected area with warm water and blot dry with a clean towel. Please note that some stains may require several applications before they are no longer visible so it pays to be patient.
Trick #5: When all else fails, or your carpet requires special treatment, you may want to consider calling for reinforcement in the form of professional carpet cleaning superheroes.