SPRINGFIELD, Mo — The National Retail Federation is predicting that Americans will spend nearly $9.1 billion this year on Halloween.
The holiday will attract more than 179 million people nationwide, and trends have shown that men are choosing to spend $20 more than women: Although this year’s Boo’s don’t have to break the bank.
Costumes from Halloween stores and online vendors can reach upwards of $100, but deals can often be found on a local level. Thrift stores and flea markets are often a good place to find creative ideas.
“We definitely have seen more people coming in,” said Goodwill Lead Manager Angelica Roberts. “With the rise of Pinterest and those little crafts on Facebook, people are certainly beginning to get into more unique costume ideas.”
“People really get excited to see what they can find for just a couple of pennies, and it’s awesome to see what they come up with.”
There are numerous stores in Springfield: including Goodwill, Red Racks, Missouri Council of the Blind, The Salvation Army, and YOTO (Youth of the Ozarks.)