Halloween in York: Popular costumes selling fast


Last year it was Elsa and the rest of the characters from Disney's "Frozen."

Now, anything related to the characters from Disney's TV movie "The Descendants" is selling as quick as pumpkin-spice-flavored hot cakes.

"We can't keep it on our wall," said Tiffanie Dufour, a manager at the Spirit Halloween Store at 1265 Carlisle Drive in West Manchester Township. "I just know that's the hot costume this year."

Outside the store on Monday, leaves continued their change from green to the outer colors of the rainbow; inside the store, AC/DC's "Back in Black" transitioned into Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" over the speakers as about a dozen shoppers milled through the aisles, looking for how to best deck out themselves, their kids and their property in full Halloween splendor.

One rack displayed a Ouija board, and above it a shot glass inspired by the game. Around the corner sat some calavera candy skulls and something whimsically called "Shot in the Head," which is composed of a presumably fake skull with four shot glasses stuck into the cranium.

Product names ranged from the obvious to the sublime. There's the highly descriptive "lurching zombie," "electrified maniac" and "coat hanger monster" sitting not far from the Halloween Mad-Libs-esque "limb eating zombie boy," a moniker that would convey this item's nature a bit better if the first two words were hyphenated.

Favorites: Among the items on display sat the perennial Halloween favorites of creepy baby dolls and clowns, interspersed with the likes of Flava Flav-style giant clocks, and from the many rows of costumes, the cheerful faces of preternaturally cute kids all gussied up for some trick-or-treating beamed up at the people wandering the rows.

The store, which pops up at its address in August and then vanishes Nov. 2 like Halloween candy you forgot to hide from your dad, will have increasingly expanded hours closer to All Hallow's Eve. Right now it's open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., but that'll change later in the month, according to its website.

Kristin Pierce of Dover was killing two birds with one stone Monday evening at the store. She was shopping for her 4-year-old daughter, Camden, who was planning on dressing up as Tiana from Disney's 2009 movie "The Princess and the Frog," but she also was looking for supplies for her own birthday party, which she wanted to be "Doctor Who"-themed.

As she searched, Camden jumped around on some pressure sensors on the floor, part of the display of several decorations that trigger when people walk past. A large fake spider pounced at her, and something accurately called "swinging swamp hag" grumbled incomprehensibly in the kid's general direction.

A little ways away, Rosa Luz Catterall of York City was shopping with her 14-year-old daughter, Christine, who has opted for something of a DIY approach this year, cobbling together "sort of a Mother Nature-type thing," the teenager explained.

They had tracked down a leafy boa and similar headdress at the store Monday afternoon.

She also has a flowery dress, she said.

"And all for $9.99, so you can't beat that," her mom said.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.