CAMP HILL, Pa. As the days before the biggest U.S. dress-up holiday of the year squeak by, Rite Aid stores are stocking up on candy and decorations to prepare for the last-minute rush.
This is because reports from the National Retail Federation have stated despite the economic downturn, Halloween should turn out to be a robust sales holiday. In poll results released two weeks ago, 64.5 percent of adults polled by NRF said they would be celebrating celebrate Halloween in 2008, up from the 58.7 percent of adults who said they were celebrating in 2007.
Steve Moss, Rite Aid seasonal category manager said, “Since Halloween falls on a Friday, we are expecting customers will party this year. We think decorations especially will be a big hit.” Moss attributes the anticipated rush to tighter schedules and tighter grips on shoppers’ wallets.
Since the NRF predicted that Halloween customers will mostly likely spend $66.54 each, and 95.6 percent of said they will be buying candy, Rite Aid stores will be stocked to the gills with individually wrapped treats, the company said.
Rite Aid has said its stores have on shelf bags of assorted Dove chocolates for $4.39, 18-count bags of mixed Hershey’s chocolate bars and 25-count bag of Mars candies for $3.49 and packages of Lindt chocolates for $5.99. Some of the sugar candies available include 75-count of Airheads for $5.99, 25-count bags of Fun Dips for $7.99, and mini-bags of Mini Oreos, Rice Krispies Treats and Teddy Grahams for $3.59.
The stores have also stocked up Halloween decor and non-edible fun items, such as 20-packs of individual play-size containers of Play-Doh containers, 10 packs of Velvet Treats art projects with colored markers and bags of stretchy plastic spiders and spider rings.