Halloween shoppers spend despite a scary economy

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An unusual greeter welcomes guests to Josette's in Biloxi.  But that doesn't seem to phase them in the least.  In fact, they are pouring through the doors, looking to spend some hard earned money. This despite an economy that seems stagnant at best.

Stephen Winston is a Halloween  Shopper.  "Of course the economy is a concern of mine." Winston said.  "You'd have to be dead not to worry about the economy right now, but I think during a holiday like this, a holiday where you can kind of go back to being childish, sometimes having no cares like a child is what would be worth spending money on."

Doris Reverse is shopping with her children, looking for the perfect costume.  Even in tight times, Reverse said it's all about the younger ones.  "Especially for the kids, they enjoy Halloween, it's a good time of year for them and it's probably not too many more years they are going to be doing it, so they'll enjoy trick or treating this year."

At Party City in Gulfport, even the employees get into the spirit, as customers walk down aisles piled high with spooky stuff.  And the cash registers stay busy. Nothing can scare off a good time.  Even for the young or the young at heart.

While talking to the folks shopping here today, I noticed one trend.  In bad times people like to get away, they like to pretend they're someone else, someone like the president, just for one night of fun and a way to escape the doldrums of the economy.

Jacob Lockler, the owner of Josette's agrees, as he rings up yet another sale.  "During time of tragedy or whatever, people tend to want to party and have a good time." Lockler said.  "They want to take their mind off everything that's going wrong in their lives or around them.

Here's a breakdown of the biggest holidays for spending.  Of course, Christmas is number one, followed by Mother's Day, Valentines Day, Easter, Fathers Day, and then at number six, Halloween.

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