Halloween theme stores, parks hire workers

September 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fright Night is getting underway and Halloween hiring is getting started. Theme parks and themed stores are gearing up for the spending spree that goes along with Oct. 31.

It's a howling good time at Great America's Halloween Haunt. Our cameras captured some of the creatures that scared guests inside the haunted maze. Some patrons say the 3-D glasses added a good element to the experience.

"Halloween Haunt is a major piece of our business," said Great America's vice president and general manager Raul Rehnborg. He said this event is so big they load up on seasonal workers. "We beef up to about 2,500 employees, but we add another 500 just for Halloween Haunt."

Great America isn't the only employer giving a boost to our economy. The Spirit Halloween store in Cupertino hires a lot of college students.

"They help us merchandise and make stuff look nice for customers," said Lucas Gutierrez, the Spirit Halloween store manager.

According to a National Retail Federation survey. Halloween sales are expected to be down this year with the average person expected to spend $75.03 on all things Halloween compared to $79.82 last year. That's a trend the Cupertino store isn't seeing.

"Business has been better than last season. It's been picking up like a lot," said Gutierrez.


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