By Sia Nyorkor
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:54 PM CDT, October 27, 2012
This Halloween , retailers are expecting shoppers to spend eight billion dollars nationwide. That's up one billion from last year. Local shop owners tell us, they're cashing in this holiday.
"Night lights for my grandson and then a door hanger for a friend and a doormat," says Marcia Nester, describing the list of things she's purchased this season.
Her list is long. Simply put, Marcia Nester says she loves Halloween decorations, right down to the orange and black fingernail polish she has on as she pays for the newest items to add to her collection.
All together, she's spent about $100 dollars this season. Local shop owners say they depend on it. At Seasonal Decorating on West 13th Street, Halloween is second only to Christmas when it comes to holiday sales. This is the last weekend to get everything done before the big holiday.
"A lot of people are procrastinators and wait until the last minute so this is do or die as far as weekend shopping," says Kathy Spurgeon, who works at the store.
Over at "Kay's This N' That" the store was buzzing with last minute shoppers purchasing costumes, masks, makeup and props.
Shop owner Miss Kay Hettenbach says that in her 40 years of business, Halloween has grown beyond just handing out candy to the kids. The steady adult clientele puts her in the black.
"Adults want to be kids again. They want to do things they didn't get to do as kids. They want to be a ghost and they didn't get to be a ghost as a kid," she says.
"It's like kid at heart, you just get candy, you have fun, you have parties, you get to dress up and not be yourself, wow, what more could you want?" says Deborah Boone, dressed in a Dorothy costume.
The National Retail Federation says a record 170 million people are expected to celebrate Halloween this year.
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