- The National Retail Federation predicts U.S. consumers will spend $6.9 billion his year on Halloween with 158 million planning to participate in Halloween activities, down from 170 million in 2012. Halloween budgets are also lower with 25.2% of Americans saying the state of the economy will impact their Halloween spending plans.
- Not surprisingly, Miley Cyrus “twerk” costumes are proving popular this year. But exploreLI offers less twerky popular costume picks for 2013 including superheroes, Grumpy Cat, and characters from “Duck Dynasty.”
- Want to get in shape for that twerk costume (or justify eating those treats)? Heather Neal offers 15 of quick workouts for Halloween at Babble.
- The NyPost lists TV’s Spooky Treats for this year (and yes, we can hardly wait for American Horror Story‘s third season, Coven). But they miss PBS’s first Curious George Halloween Special.
- Ghost tours and haunted attractions are now more interactive according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Passive thrills are passe: now you can shoot zombies (with paintball guns), “games” where you choose your role, or launch your own paranormal adventure seeking ghosts.
- USAToday notes a dearth of scary movies for this October and explains why.
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