Oct 31st, 2021

Halloween Fueled by Oil & Natural Gas


Halloween Trick or Treat

Ashley Cain

Director of Public and Government Affairs


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An estimated 65% of Americans celebrated or participated in Halloween activities this year. Along with consumer spending on Halloween related items being at an all-time high this year. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down this Halloween, it is likely that you rely on at least one oil and natural gas product.

Carving pumpkins is often a tradition many people have in their home. The little plastic tools used to carve and scoop out pumpkins come from oil and natural gas based polymers. Candles, often used during Halloween to light up jack-o-lanterns, are made from a paraffin wax that is extracted from petroleum.

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Halloween is the start of the holiday season and is usually when people start decorating. Many decorations like skeletons, spiders, candy buckets and blow-ups are made of plastic or contain fibers, nylon or synthetic fibers, that come from oil and natural gas. People also use petroleum when they are trick-or-treating and lighting up the streets with flashlights and glow sticks to ensure their safety.

Most off-the-rack Halloween costumes are made from polyester, a synthetic material, which is derived from oil and natural gas. It has made costumes less flammable, less likely to wrinkle and inexpensive. Not only do most people purchase off-the-rack Halloween costumes, but most people buy or use Halloween makeup that contains paraffin, mineral oil, parabens, and fragrance that all come from petroleum.

Whether you trick-or-treated, cuddled up to watch a scary movie or carved pumpkins, your Halloween fun was thanks in part to the many products fueled by oil and natural gas. LMOGA hopes you had a safe and happy Halloween!!!

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