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Will 2010 Halloween sales be scary?

ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- Halloween is just about a month out. But climbing out of a recession, are sales looking scary this year?

Over the years, Halloween has morphed from a kids' candy and dress up event to an all-ages holiday.

"I guess it's just one time of the year you can be whoever you want to be."

Retail stores are hoping for frightingly good sales this season.

Scott Klapperich, co-manager of Halloween Express, says, "For this early on in the season, we expect to have enough to get by, and that's about what we're getting right now."

Halloween Express has two locations, both open, in Rochester. Employees are putting the final touches on merchandise, hoping to entice shoppers.

According to the National Retail Federation, in 2009, average U.S. spending on Halloween goodies - from candy to costumes - fell. It dropped to $56 from $66-per-person in 2008. Estimates for this season aren't yet available.

But things are looking up: items are already being purchased, and there are plenty of costume options.

Scott Klapperich says, "With little kids, things like, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Superman, Supergirl, things like that, those are always popular."

And the adults have gotten into costumes over the years.

Scott Klapperich says, "They're just coming in and looking for wild and crazy costumes they don't normally wear on a day to day basis."

One of the most popular adult ones this year?

Scott Klapperich says, "Lady Gaga. That seems to be asked for a lot."'

But whatever your Halloween style is, or what your budget calls for, here's to having a spooktacular time shopping for it.

Scott Klapperich says, "I think it's just such a fun time to dress up and not care what you look like and have a good time."

On October 9th and 10th, Halloween Express will be holding a benefit for Kids Against Hunger. Bringing in a donation will get you a discount on your Halloween costume.

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