Donna Smith

 As the fall season gets under way, people's thoughts turn to cooler weather, football games and of course, Halloween. Stores catering to Halloween have opened all around the local area.

"People are really getting into home haunted houses. We are selling more decor than in the past. Of course, we always get people in to buy costumes," said Bobby Monteloeone, assistant manager of Spirit Halloween on Dressler Road.

Spirt Halloween stores open in mid September and remain in business until the first week of November. The National Retail Federation estimates Halloween spending will reach $6.86 billion this year.

The Spirit Halloween stores were acquired by Spencer's in 1999 and continue to be a booming business. According to, Halloween has fast become the second most decorated holiday after Christmas.

What costumes are the most popular this year? Anything related to superheroes. Due to popular movies like the “The Dark Knight” and “The Avengers,” people are rushing to stores to embrace their inner superhero. Olympic costumes and “The Hunger Games” are also selling out.

Jackson Township will observe Halloween trick-or-treating on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m. The police department is reminding parents to keep their children safe by watching for traffic, staying away from strangers and always traveling in groups.