New store plays up fun, fright of Halloween season

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 26, 2010

NATCHEZ — No one can really blame Kelly Stanley for looking over her shoulder.

Stanley, manager of the Spirit Halloween store that recently opened on John R. Junkin Drive, said if she’s not careful, something or someone will sneak up on her.

“This is a fun place to work,” Stanley said. “Everyone who is here, customers and employees, are happy to be here and having fun.”

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Spirit Halloween, a seasonal Halloween supplier, opened Sept. 15 and offers a wide variety of costumes and costume accessories, as well as, decorations and party supplies for scary or fun Halloween parties.

“There is so many different things in the store, its hard to see everything that comes in,” Stanley said. “I walk around and everyday, see things that are new on the floor.”

Just after entering the store customers are greeted by mummies and werewolves. Walking a little deeper into the store and black cats and spiders start to emerge.

But Stanley was quick to say not everything in the store focuses on the spooky side of the holiday.

“We have plenty of cute, fun decorations and costumes, too,” she said.

Costumes and their accessories line most of the walls in the store with licensed characters, period clothing, humorous and scary costumes available.

“We have licensed character costumes in adult and children sizes,” she said. “And we have everything that will complete a costume. If you just need a wig or shoes or some accessory, we have that.”

And if you can’t find what you want hanging on one of the walls or racks, don’t fret, Stanley said.

A computer kiosk allows customers to search costumes the store can order and have in the store in seven to 10 days.

“I think it would be really hard to find something, we can’t make happen,” Stanley said.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The store is only in town for the Halloween season. Its final day open will be Nov. 1, Stanley said.

In Natchez, the store has created a buzz early on, Stanley said.

“When we were in here setting up, people would knock on the door and ask us when we were going to be open,” she said. “And we’ve been busy since we opened. When we lock the doors at 9 p.m., there are still people in here shopping.”

And it isn’t age specific, Stanley said. Shopper have been parents with small children all the way up to grandparents looking for a way to thrill their grandchildren.

“We have all ages come in,” she said. “What they are looking for is different, but everyone is shopping here.”

It is the variety that Stanley said most customers are excited about. She said before Spirit Halloween opened, shoppers had to travel out of town or purchase from the Internet to get the selection Spirit Halloween offers. Now, she said, people are happy to be spending their money in town.

“Natchez is a community that gets excited about having fun,” Stanley said. “People want to go all out with their decorations and their costumes, and we help them do that.

“Halloween is sort of like prom, because you don’t want to have the same costume as someone else.”