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South Burlington, Vermont - October 26, 2010

This weekend, trick or treating will be coming to a neighborhood near you, and Vermonters will spend more time than you might think on their Halloween costumes.

Five days and counting to get into the Halloween spirit. From costumes to candy, researchers estimate Americans will spend nearly 5 billion dollars this Halloween, significantly up from last year, and Vermonters are sparing no expense. Wayne Samphier, out shopping at the Spirit Halloween store on Tuesday, is one of them. "Definitely, Last year was kind of make ourselves up with what we got around the house," he said.

Some shoppers say it's due to the rebounding economy. With more disposable income, people across the state are spending more on the second biggest decorating holiday of the year behind Christmas since they have something to celebrate. "It's probably better than it was last year at this point. Some people have more money to spend on Halloween costumes," said another shopper, Paul Wilkins.

"It's easily done. Very easily done. You know, you buy the costume, then you gotta buy the accessories and it depends on how far out there you want to go with your costume," said Kevin Rivoire-Brown, Spirit Halloween's manager.

Shoppers can be pretty much anything they want this Halloween season because costume stores are carrying a little bit of everything. "This year, it's really hot with Lady Gaga, Jersey Shore, for kids it's the new Mario Brothers pattern that came out," Rivoire-Brown said.

And at the Spirit Halloween store in South Burlington, Lady Gaga is sold out, so if you're still without a costume, a jester might have to suffice.

Melinda Davenport - WCAX News

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