MEDFORD, Ore. – Halloween sales across the country are set to hit record highs this year, reaching $8 billion nationwide.
Despite tough economic times, shoppers at the Spirit store in Medford still want to spend money on a Halloween costume and they want to spend their money there thanks in part to the store’s spooky atmosphere.
Shoppers didn’t care about spending the dough to dress up, if it means they can escape reality. For some shoppers, Halloween is an opportunity to forget about stressful situations. For Halloween shop owners, it’s an opportunity to make a lot of money.
“We’re running about 40 to 50 dollars per person, which is up a little bit more from last year. We’ve been consistently going up each year,” said the store owner.
The sales for traditional costumes have gone down, but trendy TV character costumes have made up for that slump. Some shoppers say the store’s spooky atmosphere played a persuasive part in buying costumes. The scary displays made them excited for the holiday and excited to spend money.
The store owner says the big sellers so far this year are costumes portraying the characters from the Avengers film. The store will stay open until 5 p.m. on Halloween night.