Local Business Up For Halloween

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) -- It's Christmas in October, at least for Halloween stores.

Across the country, Halloween shoppers are expected to scare up more than $5 billion on spooky-shopping sprees.

Kristi Webber is in the "frightening" holiday spirit.

"Dressing up is fun," said Webber, "it's a tradition and it's still carried on."

In hunt for her tricks, Webber and other Halloweeners have scared up treats at registers.

"It just builds up for the last two weeks and that's when you do 60% of your business," said Christopher Bush, manager of Spirit Halloween.

He says this time of year; sales can total as much as $30,000 a day.

"We're just here for seasonal business," Bush said. "We opened September first and we'll close November first."

More than $5 billion will be spent this year on Halloween, $1.8 billion of which on costumes.

"Parents coming in are getting their infants costumes, getting their kids costumes and then leaving the kids wall to go over to the adult wall," said Stephen Lyles, a manager at Party City.

Party City says their average spook-seeker spends more than $30.

All the masks, costumes, and wigs aren't just for kids or even adults anymore.

According to the National Retail Federation, 11 percent of Halloweeners will buy costumes for their pets.

"Last year we had maybe two small rows of pet costumes." said Bush, "this year we had an entire wall.

"Everybody loves their pets," Lyles said. "Man's best friend, right?"

The cost is spooky enough for some parents to lose their heads.

"Its nuts," said shopper Rick Waters, "but we're here anyway."

They were there to spend more than $100 turning their seven kids into the princesses, gangsters and gorillas

"We want them to have a good, memorable Halloween," said Tonya Waters.

Halloween is fun for all ages of holiday spookers and the memories are priceless.

The National Retail Federation says the average shopper will spend almost $65 on Halloween.

That's up $20 from five years ago.


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