But according to the national retail federation, consumers will spend about 5 billion dollars this year on Halloween, that's compared to 3 billion just 2 years ago.
Party City in Little Rock has been so busy selling costumes and decorations that the doors are open until 10 p.m. these days… because Arkansans can't stop buying.
"We dress up, decorate, get together with lots of families, do the trick or treating thing, we do it all, says parent, Kimberly Albright. Albright says when you start adding up party supplies, decorations and costumes; the subtotal can be downright spooky.
"Oh wow, upwards of 100 dollars probably, 3 kids,” Albright says.
And Party City isn't the only business that's bustling,
The Costume Closet has been chock full of customers as well, and the owner says Halloween has never been more popular.
At The Costume Closet, most Halloween shoppers spend about 50 or 60 dollars for an ensemble on October 31st.
But the owner says in their opinion, that's money well spent.
"People will spend a lot more money on these costumes than they will the throw away costumes because it's a better quality, they're real clothes, it's not something that's going to rip or tear,” says owner Rebecca Maxwell.
Experts say because Halloween isn't just about the kids, people are more inclined to pour hard-earned money into parties and decorations.
And as long as the Halloween bank balance doesn't send you to an early grave, it looks like enthusiasts will continue to spend.... if it means getting into the spirit of things.