Halloween Spending

Halloween is less than a week away, and national reports show people around the nation aren't holding back from spending a little extra on getting into the holiday spirit.

The National Retail Federation found consumers are spending around $8 billion on Halloween treats this year, that's about $80 a person.

Michiana is no exception. Newscenter 16 was at Fun F/X in Mishawaka Thursday to find out this year's trends and spending reports.

Owner of Fun F/X, Victor Cao says they'll know if spending went up this year after this weekend. He says the last weekend before Halloween is the biggest time for sales.

"We're certainly noticing a lot of people waiting until the last minute. There's always those yearly crowd who knows what they want to do and are going to prepare their house for special decorations or special parties, but then it seems like more and more people are waiting until the last minute," says Cao.

Cao says since it's an election year, political mask sales are up.

"We buy a certain number of masks each year, and that's how we do our poll as to which one is going to win, based on how the mask sales are. And we've been able to predict it pretty consistently for as long as I can remember. And right now, we're showing Mitt Romney is ahead just a few masks," Cao said.

He also says popular themes like princesses, superheros, and western action stars are consistent from year to year.

Halloween shoppers saw no change from last year's prices.

Kurt Struess, a shopper, says, "I think prices have stayed consistent over time, nobody is [raising] the prices, I think it's fair."

He also says he goes all out from year to year. This year his Batman costume is almost $250.

"You want to make sure everything else is taken care of first. So if you have it and it's disposable income, do it. We're fortunate, but we also spread it out over the course of the year. We save and then spend," says Struess.

Others say looking good is worth the cost.

"It's hard to find good, cheap [costumes]," says Bre Pennington, another shopper. "But it's worth it [to spend around $60], it's my favorite time of year, so I always go all out."

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