Scaring up Halloween Sales

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM EDT

Shoppers are scaring up Halloween sales right up to the last minute as they buy candy to hand out to trick or treaters. The National Retail Federation estimates Halloween spending will reach nearly $7 billion this year.

The International Council of Shopping Centers tracks spending and says stores that saw the biggest spike for Halloween are discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, along with wholesale clubs.

Dollar stores such as Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Stores are also top spots for trick-or-treaters and party goers.

One thing many people don't do on Halloween is cook. The National Restaurant Association says Halloween is a popular night to order takeout. 33% of 18 to 34 year olds are expected to order out. 20% of those aged 35-44 should do so. The figures go down from there. Halloween is one of the top five pizza sales days in the U.S.

This weekend, comedian Thom Tran is bringing his nationally touring standup comedy troupe, The GIs of Comedy, to Buffalo State College. The live production will be filmed for a professional television broadcast and DVD distribution. Students from Buff State will get to work on the production. Tran is a WNY native who says he is so proud of his roots that he wants to showcase the area in Hollywood. He'll be a guest on Good Morning on Friday on ch.7. For more information on tickets, go to

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