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Retailers say Halloween costumes are in high demand this year

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Halloween Costumes in High Demand

Halloween Costumes in High Demand

MADISON (WKOW) -- Halloween is just over two weeks away and this year, despite price increases brought on by the supply chain crisis, retailers say costumes are in high demand.

At Halloween Express in Madison, manager Eric Bero, said costumes have been flying off of the shelves.

"I think people are ready to get out and celebrate Halloween," Bero said. "They've been coming in more and more."

Because of this, Bero, who has overseen the store for 11 seasons now, recommends getting everything from makeup to accessories to costumes early.

"We do have the largest selection around, but things do sell out. You may want that specific costume and if you do wait until the last minute, it may not be here in the size you want," Bero said.

Kingston, Camden and Chelsie Nadelhoffer of Chicago made the trip to Halloween Express in Madison to look for the perfect costume this week.

"I want to be Michael Myers," Camden said. "I want to be a unicorn," Chelsie added.

The siblings were also on the lookout for spooky decorations.

"Some spider webs or something for our house," Kingston said.

Nash McAllister of Madison also got a head start on costume shopping this week.

"I'm thinking maybe a werewolf or a cowboy. I'm trying to decide between the two," McAllister said. "I'm just really excited this year, you know, to be out."

New data released by the U.S. Commerce Department Friday reveals Americans are spending more.

In September, sales at clothing and accessory stores rose 1.1%.

Those numbers are still being counted for October, but if sales at Halloween Express are any indication of where they may be as people continue to shop for decorations, candy and costumes, they will likely be in a good place.

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