Loudoun County residents are once again making plans to celebrate Halloween after the arrests in the Washington-area sniper shootings and are returning to costume and party stores in droves.

"We've had quite a busy morning, and we expect Saturday and Sunday to be busy as well," Tim Banfe, manager of Spirit of Halloween at the Dulles Town Center, said Friday.

Costume shopper Cherie Abdallah said she and her two sons, ages 7 and 11, were cautiously resuming trick-or-treat plans. "There is always a fear that the danger is not yet over, that maybe someone will copy cat. But for the most part, we're going ahead with our plans. I don't want the kids to have to be scared."

Salesclerk Anita Marrow said she was happy that people were once again making Halloween plans, "It's been a really busy morning, and I'm excited for the kids."

-- Daneile Seiss

Jennifer Alpers, 20, above, tries on a costume Friday with help from Julie DeCicco, 22, at the Spirit of Halloween at Dulles Town Center. Right, Khalid Abdallah, 11, dons a dragon mask. Khalid's mom, Cherie Abdallah, said she and her two sons were cautiously resuming trick-or-treat plans after arrests Thursday in the Washington area sniper shootings. Salesclerk Anita Marrow said she was happy that people were once again making Halloween plans: "It's been a really busy morning, and I'm excited for the kids."