According to the National Retail Federation, spending will be up this Halloween season. The organization predicts that of the seven out of 10 Americans getting into the festivities, spending will be up an average of $7.50.
The Prop Room Manager at Mangelsen's, 84th & Valley, said shoppers have been coming in a little earlier this year, some starting in August. Still, said Jeremy Lubash, "The big rush starts October first."
Adrianna Cisneros of Omaha was among the early shoppers, bringing her baby Sophia and nearly three-year-old Anna Marie. "We're probably going to try and get decorations for the house and look at some costumes," she said.
"A princess one," Anna Marie declared. "And Sophia's gonna be a ghost."
Lubash showed Channel 6 News some of the hot sellers this year. "The Avengers," he said, "like, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow," he said. "And Spiderman's been a big hit for us."
Nobbies, 120th and Center, reports Batman is a big seller, and so are zombies. That's a trend Lubash has noticed as well, particularly with the continued popularity of the AMC's The Walking Dead. "And there's a lot of girls getting into the gory zombie thing, too, which surprised me," Lubash said.
Among those girls is 14-year-old Brook Dupre of Papillion. "I like scary better than pretty," she said. "'Cuz you can scare people, just walk up to them and scare them."
"Witches are always popular," he added. "There's always different types of witch (costumes), and a lot of little girls are getting into vampires, too."
There are also more cutesy female monster costumes for juniors and grown-ups, made by Leg Avenue, which have been flying off the shelves. "I think every girl in Omaha has one now," laughed Lubash,
Monster High costumes are another big trend, with teenagers named Dracu-Laura among others, the look is more "cool" than scary. Mangelsen's sold out of its first batch and was waiting on a second shipment.
Yolanda Mejia of Papillion said, "Every Halloween, the adults seem to dress up more than the kids," she said. This year would be no exception for her. "I'll be Cleopatra," she said.
As far as spending, she said she always tries to keep it in check, but doubted that would happen this year. "No... The earlier I shop the more money I spend," she said. "I'm just having fun."
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