Supermarkets are hoping the trick-or-treaters stay home this year to celebrate Halloween with costume parties and pumpkin-carving rituals. Last year's Halloween sales were downright frightening because of the holiday's proximity to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. But retailers told SN that they expect home decor accents, costumes and safety-related general merchandise like flashlights and glow sticks to energize the 2002 season. "We're hoping sales will be stronger than last year," said ...

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