Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/13/2013 -- Halloween May Reveal the Retail Ghost of Christmas Future. Halloween shoppers will be spending a little more this year, but retailers are already a bit spooked.
"They're scared, frankly," says Steve Schaffer, CEO of offers.com. "Back to School sales were a bit of a bust. Some of the major chains are adjusting their sales projections downward for the season ahead. That means, buckle up shoppers! There are going to be some bargains ahead."
Holiday creep isn't just for Christmas anymore. Back to School displays were up, almost as soon as school was out. Black cats, witches and candies will hit shelves before the first leaves of Autumn are on the ground. That may help retailers.
A survey by Offers.com supports the 'shop early-shop often' trend of holiday buyers. Twice as many shoppers begin the search for their costumes well before the first Jack O' Lanterns go on the front porch.
When do you typically start shopping for Halloween costumes and decorations?
Early October 24%
Late October 21%
"Our surveys indicate shoppers will spend slightly more this year for Halloween costumes and candies," says Schaffer. "Last year orders were running at about $69 per order, this year we're looking at $73 as the average order."
Just where those dollars are going suggests an interesting trend for the scariest night of the year. Auldts are moving in on Trick or Treat fantasies.
Will you spend more on children's Halloween items, or adult items this year?
"Kids are looking for costumes that spin off the hottest superheroes from the summer box office," adds Schaffer. "Their parents are looking for something you might not see on the big screen. The one group mercifully spared this year, appears to be the family pet. Our survey indicates fewer than ten percent of shoppers intend to buy costumes for their pets."
Find the best and latest Halloween deals at Offers.com/Halloween
Steve Schaffer CEO of Offers.com is available for interviews. He leads one of the nation's hottest online resources to save consumers time and money. Offers.com connects consumers to deals from more than 5,500 online stores and brands and has over 200 categories including travel, software, clothing and shoes, and more. Interview Opportunity:
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Offers.com saves consumers time and money by helping them find the best coupons, deals, and offers from more than 6,000 online stores and brands. Offers.com has over 200 categories including travel, software, clothing and shoes, and more. The site has about 50,000 of the best offers, including promotions, coupons and coupon codes, deals, free trials, and free offers. Offers are verified, rated, and updated daily by the Offers.com Deals Team. The company is based in Austin, Texas.
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