Costume Crunch Time: Shoppers Search for Halloween Gear

Published 10/16 2013 04:06PM

Updated 10/16 2013 09:41PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) With Halloween only two weeks away, the sights and sounds of the holiday are everywhere you turn.

"Anything from make-up to wigs, wings, costumes, dog pet costumes, just about anything imaginable," said Halloween Express store owner Josh Joseph.

Shoppers in the U.S. are expected to spend nearly $7 billion this Halloween, which is slightly down from last year.

"You know the economy always plays a part in things, but still people, you know it's a holiday, people are wanting to have fun so they're still out spending money," said Joseph.

One way to keep the costs down, keep it simple.

"You can buy a miminal costume, and put some accessories with it, sometimes you can save some money with it that way. Because you can do some detail with the make-up and things like that that will save you money versus buying a whole mask or something like that," said Joseph.

If you're looking for the latest trends, costumes range from scary to hairy.

"A lot of the werewolfs, this year kind of went to the duck dynasty field too so a lot of that. It's always been about scary, but you know anymore its going to the creativity," said Joseph.

If you're really trying to pinch pennies this Halloween, thrift stores offer another option. Look for used materials to make home-made costumes and save a few bucks.

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