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More people are celebrating Halloween

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If you think you see more people out haunting this Halloween, you're not imagining things. Our Elyse Mickalonis explains what a new study has to say about people getting into the holiday spirit, and what retailers think about all of this.

NATIONWIDE -- It is the one time of year when you truly can’t escape ghouls and goblins.

"It's part of the season. It's so fun to do. You're not going out to buy presents, you're not sitting down to a dinner. You're going out in a costume to either a party or you're going out trick or treating. Overall it's a fun holiday for everyone,” said Ben Schmidt, Spirit Halloween Employee.

According to the National Retail Federation a record 170 million people plan to celebrate Halloween this year. Research shows that 7 out of 10 Americans will get into the spirit, which is up almost three percent from last year. It is the most experts have seen in 10 years.

"We've had a lot of excited customers. Everyone loves just coming in, even if they're not buying stuff. They're just coming in, because they love the spirit of Halloween,” said Schmidt.

Abby Snashall, Binghamton resident, added, “I want something kind of more scary this year so I kind of like stuff like that.”

Molly Snashall, Binghamton resident, said “You get to be somebody that you’re not us being you get to have a diff personality that you would never dream of being.”

And, if you’re going to get dressed up and go out with your family this Halloween, pet experts suggest taking your four-legged friend along and getting them into the holiday spirit.

“You take your kids out, might as well walk your dog give him some exercise and give every a laugh,” said Julie Montague, Pet Depot Employee.

Not sure what to dress them as? Pet store employees said there’s many options to choose from.

“Dress them up as something scary, something cute,” said Montague. “You have fun on Halloween, why can’t your pet?”

So whether you have two legs or four legs, chances are you’ll be getting into the holiday spirit this year, but a word of warning, “Beware of zombies,” said Molly Snashall.

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