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Trick-or-treaters to celebrate Halloween Saturday

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The trickiest part of Halloween this year isn't what costume to wear, it's when to wear it.

Total consumer spending for Halloween is expected to reach $5.8 billion. -Natl. Retail Federation

The spooky holiday falls on a Sunday, but you can expect trick-or-treaters at your door on a different night. Many trick-or-treaters say they will wear their costumes on Saturday. Among the most popular are all things magical and mystical, like "Twilight."

"The kids are really sticking to the 'Harry Potter' and the vampires," says Angel Torres, general manager of Halloween City in Taylorsville. "Everybody is looking for 'Twilight,' 'Twilight' anything. Twilight wigs, makeup, fangs."

Torres says this year the sought-after costumes are vampires, wizards, superheroes and of course the classic favorite -- witches. "You can't go wrong with a witch," she says.

Halloween Spending
The average American will spend...
$23.37 on costumes
$20.29 on candy
$18.66 on decoration
$3.95 on greeting cards
-National Retail Federation

Torres says business is busy and costumes are flying off the racks. "As weeks progress and we get closer to the 31st it gets crazier and crazier," she says.

According to the National Retail Federation, there will be no shortage of ghosts and goblins. Americans will spend an average of $66 on costumes, candy and decorations this year. That's up from last year's $56.

Adults are taking part in the fun, too. Almost half of people surveyed say they will dress up for Halloween. But a few trick-or-treaters haven't quite made up their minds just yet.

Nearly three-quarters (72.2%) of Americans will hand out candy on Halloween. -Natl. Retail Federation

"Either Perry the Platypus or a whoopee cushion," says Parker Price of South Jordan.

However, his younger sister is set on her costume. "I'm going to be a sailor girl," says Sophia Price

Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, but many people can expect kids going door to door on a different night. "My little sister is going trick-or-treating on Saturday," says shopper Kelcey Mecham. "We won't do anything on Sunday."


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