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Oct 28, 2012 12:10 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Record number of people to celebrate Halloween

TUCSON - Costume stores were busy the last Saturday before Halloween.

A record-breaking 170 million Americans will celebrate the holiday this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

"We've shopped a couple of different places," Katrina Goodman said, "and it gets kind of picked over the closer that you get."

The average costume costs about $28.65, according to the NRF.

Lindsey Parks is a costume consultant at Savers. Her job is to make sure people find good costumes within their budgets.

"It's the funnest," Parks said. "As a kid, I wanted Halloween to last more than one day, and it's been Halloween every day for me for the past two months."

About a third of shoppers do not know what they are looking for when they walk in the store, according to the NRF.

"I've just been looking around," Jonah Trujillo said, "just to see what inspires me."

Americans will spend about $8 billion on Halloween this year. They will spend about $586 billion on Christmas, according to the NRF.

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