More Halloween displays are going electric, B.C. Hydro says

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A woman takes a photo in the glow of Halloween decorations as children trick-or-treat in Vancouver on Oct. 31, 2019. B.C. Hydro says a new survey has found giant electric displays are on the rise. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
A woman takes a photo in the glow of Halloween decorations as children trick-or-treat in Vancouver on Oct. 31, 2019. B.C. Hydro says a new survey has found giant electric displays are on the rise. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

More and more British Columbians are leaning into chilling decorations after a genuinely chilling couple of years, a new survey has found.

New data from B.C. Hydro says nearly a quarter of people in B.C. are now using about the same amount of decorations for Halloween as they do at Christmas.

According to results of a survey released Thursday, nearly 10 per cent decorate more for Halloween than they do in December.

The survey found the vast majority of decorators will still reach for classic unplugged ornaments like paper skeletons, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and cotton spider webbing.

But, it said, roughly a quarter of people will be turning to electronic decor like plug-in jack-o-lanterns, eerie outdoor lighting and giant lawn inflatables — the latter of which have traditionally been reserved for Christmas.

Ben Nelms/CBC
Ben Nelms/CBC

Yuletide displays typically account for about three per cent of the provincial electricity load during the holidays, B.C. Hydro said — but late October could be catching up.

"Halloween displays could eventually reach that level if the trend continues at its current pace," spokesperson Susie Rieder wrote in a statement.

Families are being encouraged to save money and reduce their carbon footprint by switching to LED bulbs, which are more efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs, and use timers so lights are on only when necessary.

The utility said nearly a quarter of British Columbians still use a mix of old incandescent lights with LEDs, while eight per cent don't use any LEDs at all.

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