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Halloween Spending High Despite Government Shutdown

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SALISBURY, Md. – For many Halloween fans, October means costume shopping.

"I'm going to be a dark countess," says Angel Copes, a resident of Salisbury, Maryland.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend 6.9 billion dollars this year on Halloween despite the government shutdown, and a big part of that comes right from costumes.

Bridget Prettyman, team lead of Party City in Salisbury, says this is usually their busiest time of the year.

"As soon as we put up the Halloween wall, the crowds come in. Right now, some of the ‘usual's' are popular. For adults, anything sexy for the females, and the gruesome and comedic costumes for the guys."

Prettyman says for the kids, the Ninja Turtle and Captain America costumes are in for the boys, and for the girls, the princess costumes.

One of their biggest hits that is brand new this year are "Digital Dudz," which are animated t-shirts that are controlled through a smart phone app. There are also a variety of "morphsuits," and one of the suits is rave-themed with a battery-controlled graphic that actually moves to the beat of music.

"They're very popular," says Prettyman.

Despite all of the heat Miley Cyrus is getting, Spirit Halloween announced in a press release that they're offering  a twerking-themed line. These include a "twerkin' teddy" leotard that is almost an exact replica of the version Miley Cyrus wore at MTV Video Music Awards, the "Party Finger" she used during her performance, and a "twerk suit" modeled off of Robin Thicke's outfit from the same event.

Party City says that they do not have any Miley Cyrus costumes on sale this year, but did not give a comment as to why.

While many of Monday's shoppers had different opinions on which costume is best for the 2013 season, most of them did agree, candy will always be one of their favorite parts.

"My plan is to get a lot of candy," says Lewis.

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