Halloween poses costume dilemma for some

October 20, 2009 (CHICAGO) In the last fifteen years or so, the Halloween business has become so successful it's scary.

About 2,000 people a day shop at Fantasy Costumes on North Milwaukee Avenue and starting this Friday they're throwing away the keys.

"Twenty four hours a day starting the twenty third," said Chuck Giovenco, manager, Fantasy Costumes. "It is scary but it'll be fun. You can come shopping at two in the morning, three in the morning. We'll be here to take care of you."

Sales are up across the board and once again at Fantasy there are no restrictions on taste. There's been a big jump in the sales of full head masks. They can't keep them in stock despite the price.

"Anywhere from 10 to 200…they're selling really hot this year," said John Helmer, manager, Fantasy Costumes mask room.

"If you get the orange jumpsuit, that's extra. Michael Jackson costumes are bigger than ever. Before he died they would sell just a few. Now Michael is once again a thriller for cash registers.

"We have about seven or eight different outfits and then there are two different sets of gloves and we also have the sequined socks for that," said Giovenco.

There's no doubt that Halloween is the absolute politically incorrect holiday. People insult dead people. They go after famous people. They even make fun of very serious issues in our country. Take for instance....

"They're buying a lot of pig noses," said Giovenco. "I asked a lot of people what they were doing and they said they were going as the swine flu."

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