HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Halloween is typically a way to rack up sales before Christmas, but due to the government shutdown, this year's sales may be slower than usual.
This year, overall sales are estimated to reach $6.9 billion, 13 percent lower than 2012.
The Spirit Halloween store returned to Harrisonburg this year, and is busy on Friday night just a few weeks before the holiday.
Mother of two, Amanda Smith from Grottoes said, "I guess this year we spent a little more than usual. We try to get things and make things at home, but we came into this store and they fell in love with the costumes."
This year Spirit Halloween stores are donating to children's hospitals.
Halloween is second only to Christmas for sales of holiday decorations and items.
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