Adults to spook up more fun on Halloween this year

Adults to spook up more fun on Halloween this year

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Adults appear to be hijacking the fun of Halloween from children and taking over the holiday for themselves.

They aren't after the candy, they're after the fun.

FOX 10's Kari Lake, also known as Elvis, has left the studio for Halloween fun, along with millions of other adults this year.

A National Retail Study says while 53 percent of adults said they planned to celebrate Halloween in 2005.

That number jumped in 2012, 72 percent of adults said they planned to celebrate.

"It does surprise me the statistic is so high, we come from a smaller town of Globe, Arizona and we see more focus on the kids so it really does surprise me more people are taking the time to celebrate the Halloween spirit," said Lucinda Stele, a Halloween shopper.

Stele plans to dress up too when she takes her kids to a haunted fun house event.

She said she understands why adults want in on the fun.

"I think the time's everything, so negative lately, especially with the political races going on. I think the people need some fun, a little outlet, and I think Halloween might be just that chance for them to do it," said Stele.

Debbie Easley said this weekend was huge for adult customers at Easley's Fun Shop.

She expects the kids to take priority when it actually comes time to trick-or-treat on the 31st.
      
Local costume shops aren't usually used as economic indicators, but in a frightful economy, Easley noticed a difference in her customers this year.

"But I hear people saying much more, "It doesn't matter", "Oh I love this, I don't care how much it cost", while in the last couple of years when we were all on very strict budgets saying, "You think I could just get a cape and makeup and make this work?" said Easley.

On the economic side, American Express reported adults will spend about $124 on Halloween this year, more than double that of last year's figure of $53 spent on the spooky holiday.

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