Staples is gone but its commercial space on Hatch Road is temporarily filled with every ghoulish costume and Halloween decoration imaginable.
Halloween City has set up their seasonal haunts in the Ceres Marketplace space. But after Nov. 1, the store will vanish like the vapor of a ghost. The temporary store opened Sept. 9 and will operate through the Halloween season, employing 15 to 30 people.
Assistant Manager Matthew Alexander said the store makes available all kinds of child and adult costumes, makeup, decorations and yard decor.
If an adult wants to be a pirate, for example, the store offers nine different costumes, he said. Zombies and vampires are popular this year for adults, he said, while kids like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, X-Men, Captain America costumes. Adult costumes generally run $30 while kid costumes run around $20.
Another 200 pallets of goods are coming in this week to further expand the product line.
Halloween City, a division of Party City, opens at 10 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
The last day of operation will be Nov. 1 at which time "they put most of the stuff in storage until next year," said Alexander, who is a body piercer when not working at the seasonal store.
"It's nice to do something different. Halloween's fun. I don't mind coming and doing it."