One of my favorite Halloween things is Halloween stores. Halloween is the only holiday I’m aware of that needs an entire store to itself. There’s so much that goes into the tradition, from the decorations, to the candy, to the endless costume possibilities, that a single aisle in the local supermarket just won’t suffice.
The first leaves start to change and suddenly the lonely, barren store at the end of the strip mall transforms overnight. Shelves that weren’t there moments ago are full of cheap, cheesy costume sets and the blank sign is now covered by bright orange letters.
Then just as soon as they come, they’re gone again, the storefront an empty vessel ready to be possessed by the spirit of Halloween again next year.