Posts Tagged "halloween"

How to Make Your Small Business Spectacularly Spooky this Halloween

How to Make Your Small Business Spectacularly Spooky this Halloween

When it comes to fall, Americans love to celebrate the season. Picking applies, carving pumpkins and admiring the foliage are among the favorite fall pastimes – but if there’s one tradition to rule them all, it’s Halloween. Last year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) predicted a record-breaking $9.1 billion in Halloween spending throughout the U.S., with an average household spending more than $86 on items like costumes, candy, decorations and…read more →

Fantasy Costumes: The Midwest’s Largest Costume Shop Is Locally Owned

Fantasy Costumes: The Midwest’s Largest Costume Shop Is Locally Owned

Fantasy Costumes & Custom Wigs spans an entire city block in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood. A mecca of sorts, it’s a one-stop Halloween shop – and it’s even open 24 hours a day during the week before October 31. Unlike many Halloween megastores, though, Fantasy Costumes is open year-round, and as it turns out, the store’s roots actually go much deeper than Halloween. More than 50 years ago, owner George…read more →

5 Main Street Festivals To Visit In October

5 Main Street Festivals To Visit In October

When you’re celebrating around town with your family and friends, make sure to keep the focus local by seeking out new local restaurants, shops and adventures along the way.

Ghouls and Ghosts Deserve Local Treats on Halloween

Ghouls and Ghosts Deserve Local Treats on Halloween

The leaves are falling and the weather is cooling, and with the changing season comes the familiar hoots and howls of Halloween. Before the doorbell rings with eager trick or treaters, you can make a big difference in your community by keeping your spooky spending local.

Halloween Tricks & Treats for Retailers

Halloween Tricks & Treats for Retailers

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers plan to spend $6.9 billion this year for Halloween. Of this $6.9 billion, $2.5 billion is expected to be spent on costumes and $2 billion is expected to be spent on candy. The rest of these dollars divide among pet costumes, decorations and other Halloween novelties. The real question here, however, is how do you plan to get in on this action?

Local Ghouls Deserve Local Treats

Local Ghouls Deserve Local Treats

The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Halloween consumer survey reports a record 170 million people plan to celebrate Halloween this year. According to the survey, consumers are also expected to spend more, with the average person spending $79.82 and an estimated total of $8.0 billion for Halloween spending in 2012. Imagine what an impact you could make on your local community if you purchased decorations, costumes and candy from locally owned businesses?

Competition creep hits Halloween costume stores.

On a busy afternoon earlier this month, the ladies at Echoes of Time on North Witchduck Road were at their busiest, fetching accessories, scheduling costume rentals, answering phones and digging in the shop’s back storage area.

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