Island Thrift employee Dena Moreno reacts to a creepy costume for sale at the store’s Halloween Headquarters. Hundreds of inexpensive Halloween decorations and disguises are for sale. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)

Island Thrift employee Dena Moreno reacts to a creepy costume for sale at the store’s Halloween Headquarters. Hundreds of inexpensive Halloween decorations and disguises are for sale. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)

Get in costume at Senior Thrift

Costumes, decorations selling fast at Freeland store

Want to be a bewitching witch for Halloween?

Colorful clown?

Hula dancer, pirate, jester or princess?

How about dressing as a zebra, spider, Mrs. Santa Claus or a pink crayon?

All these costumes and many more are for sale in the new Halloween Headquarters at Island Senior Thrift.

The Freeland-based store, run by Island Senior Resources, is making up for missing last year’s Halloween because of the July 23 fire that destroyed a portion of it.

“We had last year’s Halloween items stored,” said manager Cindi Quigley. “We stored it, and stored it and stored it until Halloween came around again.”

Most of the disguises are gently worn but all are cleaned and in ready-to-wear or scare condition.

“We’re pricing it so all kids can get a costume,” Quigley said.

Many costumes or clothing parts or hats or masks to make your own creation are priced low, from 50 cents on up.

Decorations —pumpkins and scarecrows and miniature monsters, goblins and ghosts — line many shelves and fill three bins.

“We had 15 to 20 bins emptied since we opened the Halloween section Sept. 15, “ said employee Dena Moreno. “It’s crazy. It’s been a big success and kids love it.”

Adults, too.

“We love to do thrift stops, said Melissa Counts of Oak Harbor, who was shopping with two friends. “I’m happy with the hat I found.”

This is the first time Island Thrift is devoting a separate section of the store to Halloween, Quigley said.

Customers must enter through a dressed-up doorway.

Once inside, don’t be scared by the spooky voice coming from the corner.

It’s just a talking head in a box that bellows and glows and gets on employees’ nerves.

“We’re keeping it awhile and selling it Oct. 15,” Quigley said. “It’s got to go.”

At Island Thrift’s Halloween Headquarters, volunteer Joan Wolfman, left, looks over some really big chicken feet with employee Dena Moreno. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)

At Island Thrift’s Halloween Headquarters, volunteer Joan Wolfman, left, looks over some really big chicken feet with employee Dena Moreno. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)

Talking Glowing Globe Head is scary — and annoying.
                                (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)

Talking Glowing Globe Head is scary — and annoying. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)

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