Imagine wandering around Manhattan, near Union Square, and coming upon this storefront.
You walk in and find yourself surrounded by an enormous collection of costumes, masks, fake spiders, wigs in all colors of the rainbow, plastic tombstones, life-size statues of superheros, and aisle labels like “ALIENS” and “VAMPIRES.”
Oh, and did I mention it’s April?
Such was my experience, circa 2009, the first time I came upon Halloween Adventure, a year-round costume retailer in New York that spans the length of an entire city block (from Broadway to 4th Avenue).
Well, unfortunately, 2021 marks the store’s last Halloween season. Due to the deadly combination of sky-high Manhattan rent prices and plummeting profits (especially during/post COVID), the owners will be vacating the building after 25 years.
I went there last week and captured the place in photographs for the very last time. I also bought a mask as a parting souvenir.
When I lived in New York, I often visited this store simply to have a little boost of October during the brightness of spring and the heat of summer. It’s truly a shame to think it won’t be there anymore.
Happy trails, Halloween Adventure. You will be missed.