Recession Not Stopping Halloween Festivities In And Around Baltimore

TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ)—This night is one of the favorites for children and many adults.

Jessica Kartalija has more on how people around the area are celebrating Halloween.

Some 11th hour shoppers stocked up on candy and décor this Halloween, giving retailers a very sweet treat ahead of the holiday season.

“It’s one of the best holidays of the year for us,” said a Party City employee. “We sell a lot of merchandise this year. Costumes are really hot this year.”

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans plan to spend almost $7 billion this Halloween. That’s a “b” as in boo–$2.5 billion is expected to go toward costumes, $3oo million on pet costumes and $2 billion on candy.

“Even though we’re in a recession, I’m working so I’m good. I’m not in a recession,” said one shopper.

“I’m going to be like Sandra Dee,” said other shopper, who says she’s saving money by using items she already owns. “So I already have the pants and the black shirt.”

And at Pot Spring Elementary in Baltimore County , we caught up with their Halloween parade. Their parents did a great job with their Halloween shopping.

“I’m a teacher,” one student described her costume. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up. That’s why I’m a teacher. “

The little ghouls and boys didn’t have to break the bank. They have mummy and daddy to thank.

“It’s just all about having fun, you know, being together, watching the children just at their glory. And being something that they may dream of being,” said a parent.

Kids aren’t the only ones getting in on all of the Halloween action.  Monday night, 70 percent of all adults are expected to go out and paint the town red.

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