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East Texas adults buy more Halloween costumes

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Halloweeners will be parking their brooms at parties and festivities this year, and this is what they look forward to.

"Just seeing what everyone else is wearing - making fun of each other," said costume shopper, Patrick Ledet.

East Texans are crowding Spirit Halloween, a seasonal store, to find the most "spooktacular" costumes for the night of the graves delight.

"We're shopping for couple's costumes," Krista Pumphrey said.

This year's costume spending, however is different than most. The National Retail Federation says $1.4 billion will be spent on adult costumes compared to $1.1 billion on children's.

A Spirit Halloween employee, Shae Phillips, said, "It lets you be a kid. I think that's why a lot of people like to do it. You get to be a kid again for one day."

The seasonal employees in Spirit Halloween have noticed this trend. Now, they can barely keep the adult costumes on the shelves.

These East Texans weren't shopping for their kids, but for themselves. They wanted all kinds of costumes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Frozen's Elsa. The National Retail Federation estimates that Halloween spending on costumes in America this year will reach the record of  $7.4 million.

"It's a lot more for everybody now," Taylor Ifree said.

Spirit employees say fraternity and home parties have been drawing adult shoppers who aren't afraid of frightful fun.

Each customer knew exactly what Halloween face he or she wanted this year.

"Some American flag or something. I'm wearing that," one shopper said.

"The astronaut one was calling my name," another customer said.

"I want to be Batman."

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