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Survey says economy won't affect Halloween sales

The economy is screaming for help right now. But Americans won't let fear stand in the way of celebrating Halloween.
LITTLE ROCK, AR--The economy is screaming for help right now. But Americans won't let fear stand in the way of celebrating Halloween.

A survey by the National Retail Federation says Americans will spend more on costumes this year. The average person will spend about $72, which is up from last year's number at $66.

"Its the one day (people) forget all their worries and be whoever. For kids, it's a creative day," says Spirit Halloween Manager Amy Mendelsohn.

In fact, the Federation says Americans will spend $1 billion on children's costumes, up from $840 million last year, and $1.21 billion on adult costumes, up from $990 million last year.

"At my work, we are supposed to dress up. So I was like I might look and see what I can find," says shopper Michelle Woods.

For others looking into the future, saving is the better option.

"I usually make my own costume, but here there are always costume pieces that might be hard to find," said shopper Brittany Rorie.

But as Halloween approaches, the Federation says fear will be reserved for the parties.

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