Spirit Halloween: Costume store in town for October holiday

Savannah Vasquez
svasquez@thedestinlog.com
Spirit Halloween debuted in Destin this year and will be here through November 2.

Where can you go to find 10,000-square feet of fairies, witches, zombies and other spooky things? Spirit Halloween, a new pop-up-shop in Destin features all things Halloween, but you better visit soon because it is only in town until the first week of November.

“We’ve got every Halloween thing you can think of here,” said General Manager Owen Tabor. “We’ve got adult, kids and baby costumes, home and yard décor, hats, wigs, masks, accessories, lighting, animatronics and robots.”

Tabor said that the company, Spirit Halloween falls under parent-brand Spencer’s and is the nation’s leader in the Halloween market. As the first year in the Destin area, Tabor said he decided to bring the biggest selection possible for this year’s festivities.

“This is the largest floor-plan in the country,” he said. “Folks here in Destin get lucky with the most we can put out.”

The store is split up into easy to navigate sections with a kid’s section full of Disney, Nickelodeon and other recognizable characters, an adult section with all kinds of costume selections and even a few large interactive animatronics displays.

“This store has the zombie subway, I have everything and it’s all interactive,” said Tabor. “All the customers get to interact with the animatronics.”

When asked what the most popular costumes are this year, Tabor said he has really only noticed a trend in the children’s selection.

“I would say for costumes, the Mal costume from the Disney Descendants movie has been the most popular, but for adults there hasn’t really been anything that’s stood out,” he said.

But Tabor said the thing he is most proud of is not the costumes but the charity the store supports.

“It’s called The Spirit of the Children,” he said. “One-hundred percent of the money donated to our charity goes to a local children’s life center.”

He added that the Destin Spirit store supports the University of South Alabama Children and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Ala.

“We throw Halloween parties for the kids and give away video game systems,” he said. “We have actors go in and entertain the kids and last year we had over 100 parties for kids nationwide.”

For more information visit the Destin location at 14081 Emerald Coast Parkway in the Emerald Coast Center near Bealls Outlet, call 850-281-7467 or visit www.spirithalloween.com.