Several seasonal businesses seeing business increase as Halloween approaches

Trisha Umpfenbach/ Staff Photographer Shepherd freshmen Dominique Wohlscheid watches as her friend, Clare freshmen Haley Hensley reaches for a pair of tights Tuesday afternoon at Halloween Central, 2012 St. Mission St. "I can't believe we waited this long to get our costumes," Wohlscheid said. The pair are dressing as pirates this Halloween season.

Mount Pleasant has seen an abundance of temporary holiday stores popping up in the city over the past few months.

Behind orange and black-themed decor, businesses have been selling everything from costumes to candy to life-sized animatronic renderings of classic horror movie villains.

Kirk Dafoe, owner of the Black Tie Tuxedo and Costume Shop, 1017 S. Mission St., said business has been good and he expects more traffic in the days up until Halloween.

“I know a lot of the big parties are this weekend, starting Thursday, and then with Halloween being on a Wednesday, people will be out celebrating then, and a few parties might even be on Nov. 2nd or 3rd,” he said.

Further north on Mission, Claudia Joslin, co-owner of Halloween Central, 2012 S. Mission St., said business has been steady and the store has been "slammed" this week.

“Some days you're completely overwhelmed, and some days you're bored to death,” she said.

The store, a family owned and operated local business, opened in mid-September and has no concerns related to selling out of merchandise, Joslin said.

“We're getting low, but we're not sold out by any means," she said.

Bill Harrow, district sales manager at Spirit Halloween Superstore, 2135 S. Mission St., opened on Labor Day weekend and said he has been very pleased with the amount of business in the city.

“We expect this coming weekend to be the biggest one yet,” he said. “We’re prepared for a great weekend, and have everything stocked up.”

Harrow said zombies are a major costume theme this year.

“The Avengers (is) supposed to be really popular this year; we haven't really seen it yet, but they will be most likely,” Dafoe said. “Sexy costumes from DreamGirls are always popular with the girls, and with guys, they either want to be funny or scary.”

Joslin said theme costumes are always popular such as cops, nurses and cats.

Ali Mueler, manager at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, 4208 E. Blue Grass Road, said some consumers have been opting out of paying the sticker price of a store-bought costumes and instead, have been making their own Halloween attire.

“Everyone’s being loofahs and making tutus,” she said. “We’re selling a lot of tulle.”


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