Bethany Clough

Halloween stores open, low-cost kids clothing events coming

This year’s trendy and timely costumes are presidential candidate giant head masks, including this “smirking Trump” one from Spirit Halloween stores. The mask has sheer areas near the eyes so the person wearing it can see through the mask.
This year’s trendy and timely costumes are presidential candidate giant head masks, including this “smirking Trump” one from Spirit Halloween stores. The mask has sheer areas near the eyes so the person wearing it can see through the mask. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

You may still be sweaty from summer, but Halloween season is here.

And by that I mean the Spirit Halloween stores are open, with most of them in the Valley open by Saturday, Sept. 10.

Yes, people really shop this early. They are the ones who really want to wear a specific costume and don’t want to risk it selling out.

“A lot of the newer stuff, the new product, it’s going to go quick,” says Nick Casagrande, a district manager for the store.

This year’s trendy, timely costumes: Presidential candidates.

Between the Spirit Halloween stores and website, you can get six Donald Trump masks, including “loudmouth Trump,” “giant smirking Trump “and “giant yelling Trump. There’s a “combover candidate wig,” too.

There are Hillary Clinton masks, too – just as unflattering, but not nearly as many – and there’s still one Bernie Sanders mask available online for his diehard fans.

There may be other Halloween related stores popping up in the Valley, too. At least two companies did not respond to inquiries before our deadline.

Of course, Fresno now has a locally owned costume shop that sells Halloween costumes. Fun Factory opened a year ago at 1707 Fulton St. downtown.

About 30 percent to 40 percent of the costumes are sewn in house by the owner and her family. The store tries to offer what the big-box ones don’t, including traditional costumes like a 1920s flapper, pirates and more.

The Spirit Halloween stores locations:

▪ 1029 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. Open.

▪ 2044 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno. Open.

▪ 8070 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno. Opens Saturday, Sept. 10.

▪ 313 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis. Open.

▪ 3305 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. Opens Saturday, Sept 10.

▪ 1673 W Lacey Blvd., at Hanford Mall. Opens Friday, Sept. 9.

Just Between Friends

If you’re still busy dressing your kids for the school year to think about Halloween, several events selling low-cost children’s clothing are happening in the Valley. Just Between Friends sales are happening soon in Visalia and Clovis.

The events sell gently used and new kids clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear. The sale is essentially a huge temporary consignment shop with local people selling their kids used clothing and volunteering to work the event.

The Visalia sale has taken over the 30,000-square-foot former Ross store near the movie theater at Sequoia Mall.

The first day of each sale is a pre-sale day that shoppers must have a pass for. Passes are free for teachers, military members and first-time parents or grandparents and can be purchased online for $10. Volunteers and consignors also get to shop early. Details and times for these vary, so check each sale’s online info at Jbfsale.com/home.jsp.

Just Between Sales events in the Valley:

▪ Visalia sale: In the former Ross at Sequoia Mall.

Pre-sale day: Saturday, Sept. 10.

Public sale: Sunday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 17, hours vary.

▪ Clovis sale: At the Clovis Recreation Center, 3495 Clovis Ave.

Pre-sale day: Thursday, Oct. 6.

Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9, hours vary.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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