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 Metairie Kmart.
A resident of Metairie for over 30 years, the Kmart of 2940 Veterans Blvd had been on life support for several years before it finally succumbed in March 2019 to a variety of ailments. Spirit Halloween quickly swooped in on the remains.
Though Kmart’s carcass measures a massive 107,843-square feet, Spirit sliced, carved, and bound a small portion off for its monstrous showroom to display 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.
“I absolutely love going to Spirit and was happy to see they were putting some life back into it,” said local Sally Hardesty. “But I tell you what, that area around Lakeside is a total nightmare because there are so many people and I truly, honestly hate people.”
According to Parish records, Spirit Halloween is spreading as it has also burrowed into the husk of Gordon’s at 7060 Veterans Boulevard, an unidentified carcass at 64 Westbank Expressway, and relapsed into another former Kmart at 1400 South Clearview Parkway.
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 availability.