SAN ANTONIO - As a single mom, Jennifer Perez needed to scare up a paycheck. She found one by working as a sales clerk at a pop-up Spirit Halloween store.
"I have completed college, but have been unable to find a job," she said. "It's been really rough out there."
As evidence of how "rough" it is out there, store manager Nicole Murry said she saw even more job-searching souls than last year.
"We had tons and tons of applications," she said.
Many of those applicants found employment, albeit it temporary, because Halloween does monster business.
Last year, despite a spooky economy where consumers were too afraid to open their wallets, shoppers spent $6.8 billion on Halloween.
Although the holiday is still a month away, this year's business is scary good for Murry.
"We've had the busiest opening we've ever had," she said.
Costumes to candy to creepy stuff, it all adds up, especially for parents with eager trick-or-treaters.
Cindy Laschober was shopping for zombies and skulls with her three young boys.
"I budget about $40 per kid, times three," she said.
And that's just for costumes. When it's all said and done, she expects to spend about $200.
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