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Americans shelling out big bucks on Halloween


From buying costumes to home decor and candy, the cost of Halloween can be down right frightening!  Experts estimate the average person will shell out $80 on the holiday this year, up from $72 last year.   Even still, consumers are looking for thrifty ways to have Halloween fun.

Halloween has traditionally been tied to youngsters and a night of trick-or-treating.  But this year, a record number of American adults, some 72 percent, are expected to celebrate this spooky holiday.

"Halloween's become kind of this social center:  a reason to have a party.  I think this time of year people need something because it's a ways to the holidays.  So it's now way more across the board," said Dave Deibler, co-owner of Mohair Pear.

Even though nationally shoppers are doling out big bucks for Halloween, local shoppers at Mohair Pear in Cedar Falls are trying to stay thrifty.  Accessories are the store's biggest sellers.

"We love when you bring something in you have.  If you have a dress or something like that, and you need some shoes or sunglasses, suspenders, or tights.  Stuff like that is huge--just lots of smaller items together," Deibler said.

Stocking up on accessories also gives customers the chance to recycle looks for not just this Halloween season, but to mix and match new costumes for several years to come.

"What I always suggest if someone's a little nervous about Halloween is like a wig or something because you can hide behind it.  And whatever you're wearing, a wig or a mustache, kicks it into the next level," said Deibler.

Those are just some Simple ways to have a little Halloween fun.

The National Retail Federation predicts spending on Halloween will hit a record this year at $8 billion!

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