Costly costumes: The price of Halloween

People are willing to spend money on the perfect Halloween costume

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Sales are up at costume stores across the Valley after many people spent weeks buying the perfect Halloween costume.

Dawn Kosmo, assistant manager at Party Place in Boardman, says sales have doubled in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

“It’s nuts in here, it’s crazy nuts,” she said. “This past week has been the craziest. We’ve had lines wrapped around.”

The National Retail Federation says more than 157 million people are celebrating Halloween. It expects $2.5 billion to be spent on costumes this year.

Simone Gant was in line Saturday getting her costume before going out Halloween night.

“It’s my last year of college, so I figured I’d go out with a bang,” she said.

Gant spent $40 on her cheetah costume, a little more than the average person, who spends about $27.

“I felt like something easy and simple, but also cute and kind of sexy,” she said.

Costume stores have to hire extra workers to keep up with the demand. Kosmo says Halloween is their busiest season, so she’s not surprised that total spending is expected to reach nearly $7 million this year.

“Everybody likes Halloween,” she said. “Kids like to go trick or treating, adults have all their different Halloween parties they go to. It’s a fun time of year.”

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