Costume stores creep in just in time for Halloween
Temporary Halloween stores are popping up all over the province this month - hoping to cash in on spooky.
"Every year, more and more we're seeing a lot of adults taking part," said Rhonda Dirk, who is with a costume store called Halloween Universe.
"I think they just like to escape and just be somebody they're going to be for the day and hide behind the costume."
A study last year found Canadians with families are likely to spend about $75 on Halloween decorations, candy and costumes.
According to the Retail Council of Canada, other than Christmas and back to school shopping, Halloween represents one of the biggest sale seasons of the year for stores.
The annual total spent in 2012 on candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers was $3.4 billion.
In October 2012 alone, sales reached $360.9 million on candy, confectionery and snack foods at large retailers.
At Value Village, Halloween is the busiest time of the year. With so many shoppers hitting the store, it's an opportunity for clerk Kyla Hanna to take on the task of a costume coordinator.
"This little kid, maybe eight he was," said Hannah. "He wanted to be Inspector Gadget for Halloween. So it's really tough to find a grey trench coat so I took him to the women's trench coat department. Cream trench coat, size small, a little bit of fabric dye, he's good to go."
Whether it's getting someone like Hannah to put together the right look or finding something on your own, customers will pay for the right mix of fun and freakish.