In the rush of Halloween costume season, more than 174 million Americans are expected to see an average of about $86 fly our of their wallets, according to the National Retail Federation.
Between costumes and decorations, total spending is likely to hit $9.1 billion. That's a record high, making this time of year one of the busiest shopping seasons, only second to Christmas.
As a result, you might've seen a lot of shops pop up in your neighborhood, catering to the spooky holiday. While this can be convenient, it's not always reliable.
The Better Business Bureau says one of the biggest issues is that pop-up stores come and go so quickly that by the time you notice a problem with something, the store is already gone.
Additionally, most pop-up stores don't have a website, so there's no way to touch base with the company if there is an issue.
That's why the BBB says it's a good idea to ask an employee how long the company will be on the ground before purchasing anything. If no one knows, take it as a red flag that the store could close without notice.
When trying on a costume, remember that things can get mixed up or swapped out. Always make sure what's inside your costume box matches the outside picture.
If you go ahead with a purchase, be sure to ask about the store's return policy. The BBB suggests asking whether or not a costume is final sale and learning about return options, especially once the season is over.
If you're buying a costume online, find out how long it will be before you receive your order. According to the BBB, federal law requires items be delivered within 30 days, unless otherwise noted by the seller.
Once your costume is ready, you can show it off at WITN's annual costume contest. For more information, click here.