Millions of bargain hunters across the nation packed stores for an early start to Black Friday.
Toys R Us was the first to jump-start the Black Thursday door-busting deals. The toy retailer opened its doors at 8 p.m.
"When the little guy, the only thing he gets excited about is the Power Wheels, how can I not get it? How can Santa not deliver?" said Erica Boyer, a parent waiting in line.
Hundreds waited outside for hours at the Castleton store.
"I stayed up all night with all my ads, figuring how much savings I’m getting," said Katie Reed, who waited in line for four hours for her three kids. "You see Santa at the end of the Macy's day parade and then it just closes out Thanksgiving for you. Now, it's like we need to shop. We only have one month left."
For some, it’s crunch-time to get in on some deals. Other shoppers, like Drew Mitchell, decided to use this time to seal the deal. He proposed to his girlfriend, Miranda, while waiting in line with his parents.
"I was sitting the in the car and he texts me and said, 'I'm going to propose to her standing in line.' And I said, 'Oh! Let's do it in front of the news!'" said Denise Hawkins, Drew’s mother.
While they've missed out on the pumpkin pie, it doesn't take a lot to see why these parents are here. Some said it’s all about spreading the holiday spirit.
"I had a great Thanksgiving, got to spend it with my family," said Reed. "I'm thankful we live in a time, in a country and place we can do this for our kids."