The Spirit of ‘Halloweekend’ Is Last-Minute

Kent State students are finding their Halloween costumes in an abandoned store filled with bargains

Halloween is just around the corner, which means Kent State University students are on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume. In what was once a discount store, the spirit of Halloween is alive and well. The pop-up story Spirit Halloween is here to help students get their nick-of-time broomsticks, fangs and more. 

Spirit Halloween is a seasonal retailer that opens pop-up shops around the country to supply Americans with their every Halloween need. This year, a Spirit Halloween store has opened in Kent at 1416 S. Water St.

With Halloween being just days away, Kent State students are flocking to the store to find their just-in-time costumes for the holiday. Lines late into Thursday stretched down the front of the building for some night-time spirit.

Students line up outside Spirit Halloween

“I’m here hoping for a last-minute costume piecing together because I really didn’t plan this in advance,” Kayla Gray, a senior zoology major said. Gray hoped to find pieces to put together a vampire ensemble for this Halloween. 

Waiting until the “dead”line was a common theme among student shoppers. 

Shoppers shopping

“I’m here because I’m a last-minute shopper, and I need a costume for tonight,” Samira Dadich, a junior criminology and justice studies major, said. It’s common for students to have multiple Halloween costumes for the weekend, and, though Dadich had a costume planned for Saturday, she still needed one for Friday night. 

Couple Malaki Gray, a sophomore journalism major, and Emma Schweitzer, a sophomore archaeology major, had their costumes planned, Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood, respectively, but stopped by the store to pick up an 11th-hour Halloween costume for Friday night. 

Shopper checking out

“We came here for his frisbee tournament costume, which is Spiderman,” Schweitzer said.  

As Golden Flashes are getting ready for the holiday weekend, be sure to check this Kent State Today article on Halloween safety to have fun and stay safe in your new costumes this weekend.  

POSTED: Friday, October 27, 2023 01:54 PM
Updated: Friday, October 27, 2023 04:38 PM
Tanner Poe, Flash Communications