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Customers not spooked about Halloween spending

D.J. Colbert D.J. Colbert

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KAIMUKI (KHNL) - With Halloween just a day away, some people aren't spooked about spending some of their hard-earned cash on costumes, even with the tough economic times.

Owners of a halloween store in Kaimuki say business has been brisk and customers don't mind spending the extra money.

On the eve of Halloween, people scramble to find the perfect costume at prosperity corner. A place living up to its name during this time of the year and that's despite people trying to cut corners these days

"So we've noticed that halloween has taken longer to get started this year, normally it starts at the beginning of the month and people are already coming in, they've waited a lot longer this month than they've ever waited before," Store owner D.J. Colbert said.

But the wait seems to be over and some people have decided to do some scaring instead of being scared.

"The economy's rough, people are tired of what they're hearing, they're tired of all this slamming and anything else happening, this is an escape, especially here in Hawaii," Colbert said.

"I'm using what I had for last year and then I'm also going to get stuff to add to what I already have," a customer said.

Despite scaling back just a little, some customers are trying to put these trying times behind them -- at least for one night.

"The more depressed the real world is, the more we want to escape into a horror that's even worse than what we're actually going through," Make-up artist Bryan Furer said.

During this time of the year, Colbert's store relies on Halloween to provide almost all of its income.

A slow halloween shopping season is scary news to them.

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