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      Shopping surges for Halloween sales

      The National Retail Federation is predicting Americans will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween this year, and while it may seem like a lot, the number is actually down from last year.

      In 2012, Americans spent $8 billion on Halloween, but at least one Myrtle Beach specialty store says they aren't seeing a drop.

      "We are seeing a better crowd at this point in time. It seems like it's getting busier quicker," said Spirit Halloween Supervisor Laurice Ann Ward. The store opens from September 1st through November 3rd each year.

      Last year, the shopping season was marred by the looming fiscal cliff, and this year there's the debate of the debt ceiling and budget coming up again after the new year. Shoppers we spoke with said they're not letting Washington's problems keep them out of the holiday spirit.

      "You can't let any of that stuff stop you. You might as well do it whole you can. You don't have to go crazy-crazy like some people do, but you still want to keep the spirit in, you know," said John Paglio who was shopping with his daughter.

      "Its gotten to a point where every year, every time, it's something and a whole lot of that I can't do anything about," added Bob Wynkoop.

      The good news according to the NRF is Halloween sales are up 55% since 2005 and are projected to be higher this year than in 2011.