Spooky season spending is well underway at the Spirt Halloween store in Palm Desert.
“Everyday that I come in we obviously been making way past our goal. We’ve been doing way more," said the store's supervisor Jalen Sauceda. “Honestly it’s just time to have the experience you didn’t have last year.”
She said the store's sales goal on Friday was about $19,000 but said they reached more than $30,000 that day.
The National Retail Federation said consumer spending this year on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion. That's an increase from the $8.05 billion in 2020.
Americans plan to spend more than ever to make this Halloween a memorable one,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers have implemented a number of measures, such as bringing in Halloween products earlier than normal, to ensure their shelves are stocked with seasonal candy, décor and other items ahead of this important holiday.”
Last year, consumers adjusted many of their typical #Halloween plans due to the pandemic. This year, two-thirds (65%) of consumers plan to celebrate one of America’s favorite holidays, up from 58% in 2020. https://t.co/PyfsljPNsE pic.twitter.com/EyPjr1yNPQ— National Retail Federation (@NRFnews) October 19, 2021
“I'm looking for like a star wars costume and I feel like I’m going to spend a lot more money on the props," said local shopper Matthew Salas.
With nationwide supply issues, shopper Dorinda Palato said she’s been having a hard time finding everything she’s looking for. Sauceda said the Spirit Halloween store did have a bit of a delay with shipping in the beginning.
“We’re having a little bit of trouble of finding costumes for my kids that fit them because they’re in the adult section this year. It’s been a little bit more difficult. There’s not much of a big selection to pick from," said Palato.
With more people celebrating halloween this year— make sure to get your seasonal shopping done sooner rather than later.