Halloween Hits The Shelves

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 9:12am

UPDATED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:57am

Retailers are gearing up for the holiday with spooky displays.

The National Retail Federation says consumers are obviously eager to have a frightfully good time this Halloween, with seven in ten americans planning to celebrate in some form or fashion this year.

That's compared to about six in ten last year.

That means sales of decorations, candy and costumes should be up, especially with more adults getting in on the fun.

Halloween is close to a $7 billion industry, second in spending only to Christmas, and like Christmas, a chance for at least temporary employment.

Party City expects to add 14,000 employees next month.

"There's actually a lot of opportunities for those employees to stay on after Halloween. So, a lot of the temporary jobs do turn into permanent positions," says Party City "spooksperson" Ressa Tomkiewicz.

A month out from the spooky occasion, some retailers have already experienced scary good Halloween sales.

"Our Halloween is actually selling very well. We're selling out of decor very quickly and they're coming in to get it," says Sams Club store manager Bob Cutwright.

The average person is expected to shell out just over $72 this Halloween, compared to just over $66 last year.
 

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