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Stores Witness Slight Increase Halloween Sales

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Even spooky occasions like Halloween can fall victim to a struggling economy. The National Retail Federation projects that Americans are spending less on costumes and candy this year.

In 2012, close to 170 million people participated in Halloween seasonal shopping, with candy, costumes, and decorations. However, because of cooler weather and the nation's slow economy, fewer people are expected to go shopping.

"This is a good year. In North Dakota, in Bismarck it's a good year. This is our 30th year in the Halloween business. This is all we do. We do it better than anyone else and I'm really proud of our stores," says owner David Cuzner, Spirit Halloween.

National statistics state that people on average are going to buy less candy and costumes for this Halloween season. But, that is not the case in Bismarck.

"Halloween's gotten bigger in the last five years. There's more people that are doing a lot of decorating for it. We're selling a lot of Halloween cards. I found it probably has increased by at least 15-20 percent in the last five years," says manager Susan Roe, Lee's Hallmark.
 
For some, the fun goes along with the fright.

"We're going to let her decide what she want to be and that's going to be it. Next year, we were actually talking about making a maze through our garage and house. A little haunted house in to the area to come and get candy next year," says Brian Clouston.

This year, the average American will spend $75 on Halloween items.

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