Sunday, Dec 8, 2013
Local Businesses Profit From Halloween
CARBONDALE -- Many are cashing in on what's being called the fastest growing Holiday behind Christmas.
Halloween may not be the most wonderful time of year, like Christmas. But over the years, Halloween has grown to be quite the show.
"You're just seeing a lot of people who really enjoy it," says Spirit Halloween owner Jim Hawkins. "I can't tell you how many people we have come in here and they're buying presents for their spouse and it's a Halloween gift. That's what they want because they love decorating for Halloween."
Which is a important for Hawkins because business is solely determined by Halloween sales. This is the first year Hawkins and his partners have opened the seasonal store. He says one major reason business has been good is because Southern Illinois University has brought back Halloween.
"Most of them are needing an unofficial costume and then they are going to need one for the following weekend. So it's been great for us because a lot of people are picking two and three costumes up for their different parties," says Hawkins.
The store sells costumes and decorations. One of their biggest money makers is their animatronic monsters.
"We kind of took it a whole 'nother step. We wanted to get to those people who were doing the haunted houses, the haunted hayrides and so we wanted to offer that kind of stuff here as well," says Hawkins.
He says the store sees between 400 and 500 people daily.
Bandy's Pumpkin Patch in Johnston City also sees a big profit this time of year. Owner, J.T. Bandy keeps his place open everyday, beginning the third weekend in September. He says, since the holiday has grown to be more family oriented, more and more people buy pumpkins.
"Without Halloween, sales would be a whole lot less because people wouldn't be making jack-o-lanterns," believes Bandy. "I know that's why they buy a lot of our pumpkins. We use the jack-o-lantern as part of our show that we do for the school kids."
Bandy says half of his business is based on pumpkin sales. The rest comes from corn mazes and other activities and items.
"If it wasn't for Halloween we wouldn't be selling any pumpkins here. We would sell a little bit of decorations and that's it," says Bandy.
Hawkins says, this years sales will determine whether or not they will return next year.
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