Kelowna gears up for fright night
Oct 23, 2013 / 6:19 pm
Halloween isn't just about one night of fright anymore, it appears to be a month long lead up of ghoul and gore as people wander through haunted houses and set up their lawns with ghastly creatures getting ready for the big event.
At Halloween Alley, owner Deb Lawless has been leading those who dare enter into her alley of horrors.
"When we get the keys to the store, and we are setting up the store as soon as the store is set up, we start working on the alley. So we are looking at a good month, it depends on the room but we keep building it as we go," explains Lawless.
The alley is open to the brave on weekends, where Lawless has volunteer actors dress up as zombies, devils and ghosts to haunt the dark spaces.
For those who braved the insane asylum or the cabin in the woods, it seems they leave with their own ideas for spooktacular ways to turn their own homes into ghostly destinations.
"People want to open up their garages, their front yards, and inside their homes and let people come through and let them see all the hard work they've done," Lawless says.
Over at Spirit Halloween Cheryl Holmes, agrees saying Kelowna has taken on a new fascination with the Halloween holiday.
"Halloween is the new Christmas. This year our store is actually doing about three times better than last year. Halloween is catching on up here, it is very exciting we are growing like crazy."
While tomb stones are still popular for front yard decor, it appears those in the creative department of Halloween decorations are taking things to a whole new level with dead babies, skeleton lawn animals and playing into the fears of most people, clowns.
"Clowns are scary. Not everybody wants to step over that line and do clowns. Seems like they will get the zombies or the dead nurse with no arms that is okay but clowns are a little too scary for some people," according to Holmes.
From the lawn to the party, each year there is a new hot costume to be worn.
Holmes says superheroes are the number one seller in her store, for both adults and children.
"Adventure time for kids and adults, the 'Despicable Me' (costume) completely all sold out of that. Ted last year came out in theatres but didn't really hit well here we didn't see a lot of people buying the Ted costume, but this year we can't keep it on the shelves," says Holmes of the popular costumes.
While at Halloween Alley, Lawless says zombies are always popular and make up for blood and scars fly off the shelves.
"Our makeup sales are awesome. Just because we spent a lot of time showing people, (how to make scars), we have classes and do demos people have a way better understanding."
Both Spirit Halloween and Halloween Alley also do what they can to give back, raising money for a charity each year.
Donations from the haunted alley go towards the KGH Foundation, while new this year the store is asking for gently used costumes to be donated for the Salvation Army.
At Spirit Halloween, money is raised for 'Spirit Children' the life development department at the Children's hospital, to help with mental well being.
"Last year we raised $30,000 in BC and $4 million nationally," says Holmes who hopes to raise more this year.
Both stores will be open past Halloween as many parties are planned for November 1 and 2.
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