The beep of the cash register, it's the sound that makes America go around. But this Halloween season consumers plan to spend about ten dollars less than last year. Down to about $56.00. According to the National Retail Federation, 46% will buy less candy. 35% are making their own costumes and 26% aren't going to haunted houses or fall festivals.Target store team manager Greg Pollard says his location ran out of candy last year, so this year, Target bought more candy and marked it down. Greg says sales have been sweet.

"I have a lot more inventory today than I did on Halloween last year." Greg Says. "And sales are proving it, we are up 13% yesterday to last year and we're up several thousand today."

But costume sales are flat, but not at the Rodriguez house. Kady is going to be Hannah Montana, and her dad Hector has to buy a costume. He says he's actually digging deeper into his pockets this year.

"Maybe a little more because this time I am buying a costume for myself, which last year I made one." Says Hector.

While candy is flying off the shelves, items like pet costumes and yard art are down. Amazingly, people were still buying costumes late Saturday afternoon. Greg says the last minute rush is a little like Christmas.

"You hear it all the time, it gets later and later, but it really is, I mean, yesterday was a phenomenal day for us in sales and today is proving to be the same thing." Says Greg.

Dana Willis is dressed as a super hero, she's not sure which one, but it requires a cape. Maybe she can be a super consumer. Dana says she's doing what she can.

"Actually, I made my own costume, but I am buying more candy because I ran out so I had to make an extra trip to the store." Says Dana.

According to the American Retail Federation, consumers will spend $4.75 billion dollars this Halloween season.