Spooky store a harbinger for happy Halloween (10/1/09)

Oct. 1, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

With Halloween less than a month away, a new store specializing in costumes and knickknacks for the spooky season has opened in Maple Tree Place.


    Observer photo by Tim Simard
Spirit Halloween, pictured above, opened in the former Linens ‘n Things location in Maple Tree Place last week. The store offers a wide assortment of Halloween costumes and decorations.

Spirit Halloween opened its doors last week in the former Linens ‘n Things location. The seasonal store is occupying about 7,800 square feet of the 20,000 square-foot space, according to Gayle Aiken, Spirit Halloween’s store manager.

Linens ‘n Things closed last November.

The Halloween store sells a variety of costumes for kids and adults. Upon entering, customers are treated with low mood lighting and organ music often associated with older horror films. The store also sells many different Halloween accessories for decorations.

Aiken said Spirit Halloween has more than 700 stores across North America. This is the second time a store has opened for the Halloween season in Chittenden County. There was a location in Essex one season, she said, but company owners decided on Williston this year.

“So far, business has been great here,” Aiken said.

The store is currently open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Aiken said the store would have extended hours as Halloween approaches. On Halloween Day, Aiken expects the store to stay open until midnight, with candy available to the children who visit.

Aiken said the store’s last day will be Nov. 1, when all items will be on clearance. If sales are strong in Maple Tree Place this year, she said it’s possible the store will return again in 2010.