This Year's Halloween Sales Expected to Increase

How Much Are You Planning to Spend on Halloween? Take Our Poll (Below)

From Skeletons to Snooki, Spirit Halloween has it all, but just how much are people planning on spending this year?

Experts predict this year's Halloween spending will reach $8 billion.

"We spend about the same... about 150 bucks on food and costumes and what have you," said Rocky Smith, a customer at Spirit Halloween.

"I'm not one to spend a lot of money on Halloween costumes. I usually try to make my own," said Breanna Neet, a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"Maybe a little more.. about one hundred to one hundred and thirty, probably," said Ana Reeves, another customer at Spirit Halloween.

The National Research Federation says the average shopper will spend $79.82 on decorating, costumes and candy-- that's up $7.00 over last years $72.31.

"The older [my children] get the more expensive it gets. They pick out more expensive costumes," said Reeves.

Whether Halloween costumes or decorations, managers say sales have been steady since the beginning of the month.

"We've been really busy. We opened up right before the zombie walk. That really got the word out about us being open, and we have been steady ever since," said Kim Peters, manager at Spirit Halloween.

But they know, their busiest days are still ahead.

"We always get a mad rush. The last week is usually the worst," said Peters.

It may be a sign of an improved economy or people just splurging for a good scare.

"We decorate the whole yard, and we have a shop in the back where we have a party and decorate it all up," said Smith.

"I think my kids love it and it's definitely something we try to splurge on," said Reeves.

The NRF also says that a record 170 million people plan to celebrate Halloween this year.


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