MINNEAPOLIS - For most of us, it starts as a child and a trick or treat, something we later outgrow, but for a growing number that child-like mentality is staying around a bit longer.
"I think it's grown to be more of an adult holiday for us and our customers because they're coming and buying two and three costumes," said Justin Alexander of Litin Everything Party 'n Paper.
Of course, a girl has to have a different costume for every party, including all of the accessories to go along with it. So much so, the National Retail Federation said adults will spend more on their costume this Halloween, than children.
According to the NRF survey, of the $8 billion dollars expected to be spent on Halloween, $1.1 billion will be spent on children's costumes and another $1.4 billion for adults.
Proof of the trend, organizers for the recent Zombie Pub Crawl said the events in St. Paul and Minneapolis attracted nearly 30,000 people.
"Our number one goal is to scare the living daylights out of people," smiled Scream Town's Matt Dunn.
Located just west of Chaska, Scream Town is not your children's playground.
Dunn's creation caters to a young adult and somewhat older audience chasing the thrill of being terrified.
For $25 you can check out "Redneck Resort" and if you dare to take a walk in "Oak Blood Forest" you will be thrilled, Dunn said.
To think, it used to be enough to have a pumpkin cup at a kiddie Halloween party or maybe an ornament or two.
These days Halloween is filled with weekends full of events. The spirit takes over entire towns and nearly anything Halloween can be found on store shelves to fill all of those ghoulish appetites.
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