NBC NEWS — Costume shops are kicking into overdrive.
At Cinema Secrets Halloween Headquarters, founder Maurice Stein says sales are scary good after two down years.
"Halloween is really our Christmas," stated stein. “This year, we really expected it to take a climb, but I wasn't really ready for the climb that it's already taken. We're about almost two weeks ahead of ourselves in sales."
When they're doing well, a thousand other stores that they manufacture and supply rubber effects, known as "woochies", to are doing well also.
Stein says they even had to bring a crew back in to manufacture more to keep up with demand and are shipping overnight to keep them in stock nationwide.
The National Retail Federation reports overall spending on Halloween is up this year, to a record high $72 per person, which comes to $6.86 billion nationally!
In 2007, for costumes, people reported spending an average of $38.50. That went down to just below $35 dollars in 2009, but this year expected to be over $40.