I’ve seen the future of Halloween and it is now….
That spanking new Halloween City at 91st and Metcalf in the former home of Borders Books is eye popping beyond belief. I kid you not. This store has anything and everything that you can or cannot imagine where Halloween is concerned. And you can take that to the bank.
Entire sections of spiders, swords, Jack O Lanterns, vampire capes, witch’s brooms and hats, plastic swords, caveman clubs, shields, fog and sound effects machines, massive displays of everything immaginable, devil paraphernelia, "spooky frames," life-sized, suspendible fiends of every type and an incredibly wide variety of costumes of every imaginable theme for every age. Even scary kiddie designer sweatshirts…
Plus a whole heckuva lot more.
Remember how vast Kansas City’s first Borders was? Halloween City has jammed stuff into every square inch!
It’s Disney in Orlando-like, and then some. It’s completely over-the-top. It puts Christmas to shame.
And here’s where it starts to get interesting…
For starters, there’s a good sized section of political character masks that include at least three Obamas, George H.W. Bush, Nixon, Bill and Hillary Clinton and last but not least, Sarah Palin. Can John McCain and Rick Perry be far behind?
How about KCTV weather wonk Gary Amble’s whacked out sister Michele Bachmann?
"We have Sarah, but not her," said a store manager.
Speaking of Bachmann and Palin, the days of worrying about stuff being "too sexy" appear to be in the rearview mirror.
At the rear of the store is a fenced off adults only section labeled "Hot! Hot! Hot!"
Naturally, I didn’t go in but a perimeter peek revealed an array of costumes – Playboy brand included – "Racy Red Riding Hood," a football-esque "Tackle Me" getup, for biker chicks a "Joy Rider," a "Midnight Nurse," "prep School Delinquent," a sexy beekeeper costume called ‘Sweet as Honey" and for police groupies, an "Officer Rita Dem Rights."
In short – if that’s possible at this point – the Halloween City’s as worthy of a visit as a wax museum or Ripley‘s. Plus it’s free.
Oh and to borrow a Steve Jobs expression, one more thing…..
This is Halloween City’s first ever venture into the state of Kansas, the manager told me. Plus there’s one in Lee’s Summit.
Accept no substitutes (and no they’re not an advertiser)…