QUEENSBURY — Toys R Us may be dead, but Spirit Halloween has risen.
The Halloween-themed retail store opened on Saturday at the former toy store on Upper Glen Street. This is the second location in Queensbury, joining one at the outlet stores north on Route 9, and has costumes, home décor and even animatronics that can be purchased.
Store Manager Deborah Dalaba said the store has probably 150 to 200 different costumes in all sizes.
“We have pretty much costumes for everybody and anybody,” she said.
Dalaba said among the popular costumes are superheroes, video game characters, such as from “Fortnite;” and animated cartoons, such as “Bob’s Burgers.” The store also has the ever-popular masks from horror movies, such as Freddy from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Jason from “Friday the 13th,” as well as more recent characters, including Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the “It” movie.
The store is also trying to get the mask for the new installment in the “Halloween” movie series, she added.
People can also make their own costumes using wigs, accessories and makeup, according to Dalaba.
“It’s a lot of fun for kids to walk around,” she said. “There’s a little bit of everything.”
There is also an in-store haunted house display in the back with animatronic figures, and some animatronic skeletons at the front of the store. Dalaba said the animatronics are also for sale, although they cannot be picked up until Oct. 22.
“We’ve had a lot of people in here that have huge displays for Halloween,” she said.
People can order from an in-store kiosk and get free shipping, she added.
This is the first time that Spirit Halloween has had two stores in this area, according to Dalaba. She said the corporate office wanted a presence in the central part of Queensbury, because not everybody can get up to the outlets and there is sometimes congestion around those stores.
District Manager Larry Crandall said Spirit Halloween originally was planning to go into the vacant Bon-Ton space at Aviation Mall, though the Toys R Us store, which closed June 26, was its top location.
“We didn’t think they would get out soon enough,” he said.
Crandall had obtained the permits to go into the old Bon-Ton, but then the Toys R Us site became available.
“It’s a much better location. People don’t go to malls. Bon-Ton was on the very back side of the mall where not very much traffic goes,” he said.
Spirit Halloween also has stores at Wilton Mall and in Clifton Park.
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Crandall said those hours will expand as Halloween gets closer.
Halloween is the no. 2 holiday in the country in terms of consumer spending, and it is climbing, according to Crandall. People who like it are passionate about it.
“You either like Halloween or you don’t,” he said.
The store is hiring. Visit www.spirithalloween.com for details. People have to be at least 16 years old to apply.
“I’m looking for people who are Halloween addicts,” he said.
Spirit Halloween also has a charity fundraising drive called the Spirit of Children. The company will match donations dollar for dollar. It has a goal of $8,000 between the two Queensbury stores and the donations will go to the Albany Medical Center children’s hospital.
Michael Goot covers politics, the city of Glens Falls, the town and village of Lake George and other northern Warren County communities. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.
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