While many stores, like the Party City in southwest Houston, seem packed with Halloween shoppers, many people say they're watching their spending.

"We're all keeping an eye on the economy," said Edna Rice. "I have watched {the prices} more carefully than I have done in the past."

"Everyone is in a crunch right now so they are waiting until the last minute to buy candies and decorations or are using the ones they had from years before," said Rosalyn Webb.

But not all shoppers are spooked by the economy. We found some who spent well over the $56 average the national retail federation predicted for each family's 2009 Halloween budget.

"We spend close to $100 and that's a lot compared to years past," said David Landmesser.

Because retailers expected Halloween sales to drop by at least 20 percent, stores have been trying to lure shoppers in with deep discounts.

"I know the economy has affected many customers, but with the prices that we have starting at $9.99 for costumes, we seem to have something for everybody," said Mike Patton, Party City Manager.

"I do feel the prices are a little bit lower this year," said Cookie Boeker, another Halloween shopper. "I feel like I've seen more sales on things."

While many parents say they're cutting back on things such as haunted houses, elaborate parties, pumpkins, and even candy, many are reluctant to deprive their little ones of the Halloween spirit.

"It has affected us a little bit," said Boeker. "You can't just tell them sorry you're not going have a costume."