All Dressed Up for Halloween!

October 23, 2007 - Posted at 3:25 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Halloween is the country's second largest commercial holiday, after Christmas, with Americans spending $6.9 billion dollars annually.

The National Confectioners Association reports that 80% of adults plan to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, and that 93% of children plan to go trick-or-treating...which means there's going to be a big demand for costumes in order to score all that candy!

"Business has been extremely strong, we've sold out of some of the most popular costumes extremely quick and then haven't been able to get anymore of them, but that's normally the case," said Larry McIlvoy, owner of Golden Grotto.

When folks start searching for the perfect Halloween costume in early September, retailers like Jonesboro's golden grotto have to be ready.  Filled to the brim with costumes, masks and freshly wrapped appendages...finding what you need is just a matter of digging.

"I would like to do a masquerade ball looking thing, sort of mid evil looking thing but I'm not really sure," said Paragould shopper Sanz Ruff.

"I don't know if I want to go as something scary or I don't know?  I saw the ear of corn might go as an ear of corn, that would be different," laughed Terry Dollahite of Pocahontas.

Last minute shoppers may have trouble finding the best of both worlds...

"For children, it's Hannah Montana, but that's good luck to find that anywhere and we sold out in three days, we won't be getting anymore and same way on the wigs," said McIlvoy.

But when it comes to the fright night, seems like scary wins every year!

"He's gruesome and scary I guess, but I don't know why but Freddy is always very, very strong that and Jason masks, both of those are very strong for years and years," said McIlvoy.

The top kids Halloween costumes this year are

1. Jack Sparrow Pirate

2. Harry Potter

3. Firefighter

4. Venom - black Spiderman

5. Princess Fiona from Shrek