French Paper Pronounces Halloween 'Dead'

Halloween in America is over for this year. But the French may have buried it for good. One toy retailer reports Halloween related sales have plunged by a half every year. And the group "Non a Halloween" has been trying to put a stake in the spooky holiday since it was introduced into France a decade ago. Anti-Halloween activists call it an orgy of consumption and, even scarier, American. Now the newspaper Le Parisien has declared it "dead."

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In America, Halloween is over for the year, but the French may have buried it for good. One toy retailer reports that Halloween related sales have plunged by a half every year. And the group No to Halloween has been trying to put a stake in the holiday since it was introduced into France a decade ago. Anti-Halloween activists call it an orgy of consumption and, even scarier, American. Now the newspaper Le Parisien has declared it dead.

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