Halloween's Eerie Evolution Into a $6 Billion Industry

Looking for a last-minute costume isn't too tough these days. In strip malls across the country, temporary Halloween stores have popped up in vacant retail spaces like an orange-spotted rash. But back in the 1970s, the idea of a store devoted entirely to Halloween was considered kind of crazy, or at best, a silly business plan.

Halloween Sales Expected to Be a Treat for Retailers

Despite a tepid economy, Halloween spending is expected to rise, as more people than ever celebrate the ghoul and goblin heavy ritual, according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions survey.

Tips for Halloween savings

With the average person spending about $66 on Halloween supplies -- costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards -- the holiday can get...