Created: 10/23/2013 5:40 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexicans are getting ready for Halloween – and that means busy cash registers at costume stores, candy shops and specialty businesses like the seasonal Spirit Halloween stores.
Americans are expected to spend almost seven billion dollars on costumes and candy and parties and pumpkins this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s latest consumer survey. That’s a few pennies over $75 apiece, and it’s actually a little lower than last year’s Halloween spending. The survey shows the scary economy has people pinching pennies a little tighter this year.
We met Monique Grady at the Spirit store near San Mateo and i-40 in Albuquerque. She told us she doesn’t know what she wants to be for Halloween this year, but she does know what she doesn’t want to be.
“I do plan on being clothed,” Grady said. “I’m not looking for a tiny costume with the cold weather. That’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure I’ll find something today.”
Actually, she didn’t find anything Wednesday, but she said she would be back with her husband to help her shop.
The Retail Federation survey shows 70 percent of the nation’s 18 to 24 year-olds plan on wearing costumes this year. For those in their late twenties and early thirties, the figure is 65 percent.
“I actually want to try to dress up like a gorilla,” Tim Macias told us while shopping with his daughter Marissa. “It sounds kind of silly, but I’ll be a gorilla and my girlfriend is going to be a banana.”
All in all, about 158 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year, one way or another, even if it’s just carving a jack-o-lantern. The survey shows about 22 million of us will buy costumes for our pets – paying about $330 million for them.