Halloween sales soaring up to the big day
Last year, many Halloween events were canceled due to COVID-19, but this year people are gearing up for some fun.
Sales are soaring this year at Spirit Halloween in Ocean Springs after being hit hard last year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Store Manager Hannah Reed hasn’t seen sales booming like this in a long time. “It’s one of the best years we’ve had in Ocean Springs so far. I’m sold out of so much stuff already.”
The National Retail Federation’s annual survey projected Halloween sales of over $10 billion, a record and a large jump when compared with $8 billion in 2020.
With shipping delays and supply shortages, many shoppers have had to visit multiple stores to piece together their costumes this year. Customer Diana Vo said, “I just ordered mine off of Amazon and it came in about a week. I got the headband from another Spirit Halloween and then I just got the sandals now.”
Spirit Halloween received their last shipment of costumes this past Friday and a lot of the popular kids’ costumes are almost gone. “We have the Mandalorian now and the princesses, but I think the princesses might be gone actually.”
For parents who are still concerned about their children going door-to-door this Halloween season, Spirit Halloween sells social distant stick baskets. “So, it keeps you like a safe distance to get the candy and stuff like that.”
Many trick-or-treaters are just ready to get dressed up as their favorite super hero. Rhett Forshee said, “I’m being Captain America.”