Opening of a Halloween costume shop at the New Bern Mall
One of the nation’s largest Halloween retail stores has reopened ahead of the All Saints’ Day holiday, ready to scare New Bern locals and bring lots of laughs to kids.
Spirit Halloween has opened one of its new locations in the New Bern Mall. The store opened on August 19 in the former location of Michael’s.
Not only is the store extensively decorated for the Halloween season, but it also offers merchandise for customers of all ages as well as home décor for those who like to make their home extra festive for the holidays.
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Spirit Halloween offers costumes, props, indoor and outdoor decorations, party supplies and animatronics.
Vincent Chabolla, Coastal Carolina district manager for Spirit Halloween, said the store will carry a larger selection of costumes this year.
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“We are focusing on some costumes such as Western clothing this year,” he said. “Costumes are still arriving, so customers will have a wide variety to choose from.”
The store also has a larger area than last year.
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“The big screens are really spectacular this year,” Chabolla said. “It’s a bigger, brighter and more fantastic store than last year.”
“We’re really excited to be back in New Bern,” Chabolla said. “We were welcomed into the community last year and everyone was so kind to us.”
Currently, store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. As Halloween approaches, hours will expand to accommodate customer needs. For exact times, visit their website.
Spirit Halloween has 1,400 stores across the United States. They have a location in Greenville, Jacksonville and will have two in Wilmington this season.
Chabolla is a strong supporter of the channel’s Spirit of Children program.
Last year, the New Bern site raised over $10,000 from customers.
The program raises funds through donations to support the Infant Life Service at hospitals across Canada and the United States. It helps children who have life-threatening illnesses.
During the Halloween season, hospitalized children are treated to a Halloween party and receive goody bags that also contain their favorite costumes.
Chabolla said during the pandemic they were not allowed to enter hospitals, however, children were still given goody bags.
“We are now awaiting authorization to find out if we can resume welcoming children at parties,” he said. “Otherwise, we will provide them with the goody bags and gifts again.”
All donations received go directly to the children. Locally, all donations made at the Carolina Coast sites benefit the Infant Life Department at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
The program has funded programs within child life departments, including music, art, pet therapy, educational and medical dolls, and toys designed specifically for children with physical limitations. It has also helped hospitals build playgrounds and indoor playrooms and increased the hours of work for those employed in child life services.
The store is currently looking for sales associates. To apply, visit work4spirit.com.
The store is expected to remain open until November 2. Chabolla said several stores sold out before Halloween last year, so they closed the store ahead of schedule.
For more information on Spirit Halloween or its Spirit of Children program, visit spirithalloween.com.