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Halloween arrives early this year

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Halloween is right around the corner...or at least it feels like it!  The frightening holiday is starting early this year.  You may have noticed the costumes and decorations already in stores.   Plus the Niles Haunted House Scream Park opened Friday night.

FOX28's Melanie Yuill visited the Niles Haunted House and Fun FX Friday.  Both places said not only does Halloween get bigger every year but more and more people start shelling out cash sooner.

But wait...Halloween already?  The kids just went back to school.  But Fun FX owner Victor Cao says it's what the customers want.  "It's not so much that we want to get it out earlier we're kinda forced to by our customers."

Cao said every year people start coming into his store earlier and earlier to ask about Halloween items.  "Halloween is such a fun event, it grows every year so people want to out do what they did last year."

And there were some Halloween shoppers Friday.  Rebeka Henderson was in the aisles at FUN FX with Kaitlyn Henderson and said, "we're looking for Halloween costumes."  The reason for their early shopping?  "Cause we just couldn't wait to start," said Henderson.

Neither can a lot of people apparently.  The Niles Haunted House and Scream Park opened early this year because of Friday the 13th and it's their 40th Anniversary.  But Virgil Taylor with the park said they'll have plenty of business to support the early opening day.  "I think it's gonna be good cause seems like the buzz on the internet is everybody's excited and looking forward to coming out."

What's behind the early excitement?  People aren't just celebrating on October 31st.  Cao said, "It's not just a single day holiday anymore.  There's parties going on throughout the whole month."  Taylor said, "you got the whole month so you can really get into it...why not celebrate it more than once?"

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