Are your little ghouls and gals ready for Halloween yet?

At our house, we have just about got the costumes all set and are ready to hit the streets in downtown Sherman tonight for trick-or-treating on Wall Street.

I have to say that my niece’s costume came together pretty easily this year and quite inexpensively. I hear that is not the case for some folks, though. The National Retail Federation says that overall, Americans will spend around $3 million on costumes with approximately 69 percent of Halloween shoppers buying a costume.

Americans are expected to spend $2.7 million on candy for the holiday and another $2.7 million on decorations. The NRF also says that Americans will spend $410 million on greeting cards for the holiday. That last number surprises me. Do you all get many Halloween cards? In the past few years, I have sent a card to my niece and I try to remember to get them out to my friends from college as a way to stay in touch.

This year I was planning on making my Halloween cards. During the long hot months of summer, I dreamed of spending hours playing with paper and glitter to create perfectly creepy cards. Stuff kept getting in the way, however, and now all of those supplies are still sitting there waiting. Luckily I have the purchased cards I bought last year and forgot to send, so my friends could still get cards if I find the time to address and stamp them.

Good intentions, right?

Happy birthday Thursday to Faye Piland and David Taylor, both of Sherman; Johnnie Holland of Lubbock; Payton White of Southmayd; Cynthia Coleman of Houston; Stanley Smith of Whitewright; and Sue Umphress of Van Alstyne.