Is Halloween a recession-proof holiday? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Is Halloween a recession-proof holiday?


Halloween sales are booooooming. From costume sales to haunted house receipts, Lubbockites want the full experience. The economy is not getting them down.

Spirit Halloween store owner Grant Gassaway says they are seeing record sales. He says the spooky sounds and out-there costumes give people an escape. So what are they buying?

"They want to do it 100 percent from the bottom to the top. When it comes to their house, they want to get anything and everything," said Gassaway.

As for the popular costumes this year? "We've got angry birds. Transformers are still popular. We've got a lot of the Twilight costumes. A lot of vampires are going to be roaming around your corner again," said Gassaway.

Area haunted houses are seeing record numbers as well. Last weekend Nightmare on 19th Street saw thousands walk through their door.

"There is a goal to make money. You don't see it ever. The goal is to make the coolest haunted house in the nation. We're trying to beat people who have million dollar budgets," said Nightmare on 19th Street make-up artist Renee Benton.

So is Halloween totally recession proof? Benton says not on their end. She says they save money by getting creative with masks and make-up.

"The teeth are press on nails. We nailed glued the teeth onto some cotton backing," said Benton.

She says they do more with less by using volunteers and people dedicated to their work.

"It's just a passion. I make people beautiful by day and ugly by night," said Benton.

The Smyer Volunteer Fire Department is also trying to save money on their haunted house. To do that they had an acre of land donated to them, made their own props and use caution tape which they already have. In total they spent on $50 this year for their Haunted Woods fundraiser.

Whether the economy is up or down, it looks like Lubbockites could always use a good scare.

Want to have a safe and fun Halloween? Here are some tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF).

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