Spirit Halloween, an annual pop-up store for Halloween costumes, accessories, decorations, and groups of bored teenagers who will annoy the ever-living crap out of you, is now open inside the remains of a barely cold New Orleans area Kmart.
A resident of Elmwood for over 50 years, Kmart had been on life support for several years before it finally succumbed in March 2017 to a variety of ailments. Spirit Halloween quickly swooped in to claim the remains.
Though Kmart’s carcass measures a massive 80,000-square feet, Spirit carved off a small part for its monstrous showroom to display its thousands of spellbinding items.
“We’ve got eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing — charms to cause powerful trouble, and boil and bubble like a broth of hell,” store manager Robert Walton said.
Halloween enthusiasts are thrilled the popular Halloween superstore took possession of the decaying Kmart, which is located in a now booming area.
“I absolutely love going to Spirit and can’t wait to look around at it all, but I tell you what parking is a nightmare in Elmwood because there are so many people,” Harahan resident Sally Hardesty said.
To draw in more kids and better appeal to families, Spirit said it hopes to have Frankenstein on hand every October weekend to take pictures with customers. Though, Walton noted he is still waiting to hear back from Bill Cassidy’s assistant about the senator’s schedule.