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No surprise, then, that Nightmare has company. Just up the Hudson river is Headless Horseman, where Washington Irving's fictional and famously decapitated equestrian has returned with dozens of creepy friends in tow. At Terror on the Fox in Green Bay, Wisconsin, visitors can look forward to vertigo, claustrophobia and the scurrying and slithering of live rats and snakes. And Mountville, Pennsylvania's Field of Screams unleashes a bloodthirsty butcher on adults while youngsters are shunted off to Little Screamers, a non-scary hayride. In fact, some 30m American adults will spend over $650m at America's more than 1,200 haunted attractions this year.
This is all part of a broader boom for Halloween, which bridges the retailers' gap between the return to school and Christmas. Stores like Target and Wal-Mart start selling costumes, sweets and other ghoulish offerings as early as Labour Day in early September. Total spending is up more than 50% since 2005, with Americans poised to lay out a record $5 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation, a trade association.
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