Glamour witch, goth girl or flirty fairy. In search of a Halloween costume, Kristin Garcia paused Wednesday to consider the options hanging before her at Feeney’s Halloween store.
A bartender at Eiko’s restaurant, Garcia said she wanted to dress up for the holiday, but there was the matter of mixing and serving drinks all night. Long, draped sleeves were definitely out of the question.
“They’re too hard to deal with,” she said.
The racks of packaged costumes at Feeney’s offered a variety of disguises with names such as “Evil Queen,” “Teacup Mad Hatter,” “Crafty Cutie” and “Dark Dollie.” Garcia’s choices were endless, but her budget was not.
“I don’t want to spend a lot,” Garcia said. “I’m only wearing it one night.”
Garcia was just one of many Napans looking for the perfect Halloween costume this week.
Lorrie Thomas, manager at Feeney’s Halloween store, said that business has been steady. The seasonal shop, located in the former Party Time Paper & Crafts store on Jefferson Street, opened Sept. 17 after a one-year holiday hiatus.
Thomas said the first thing she sold on opening day was a faux severed arm. From then on, “I just knew it’d be a strange year,” she said.
Customers have been asking for a wide variety of getups, including gorilla, Waldo (of “Where’s Waldo?”), and animal costumes for goats, horses and cats. “We like it when they’re creative,” Thomas said.
Feeney’s adult Halloween costumes start at around $19 and the store is offering a 20 percent discount on all merchandise.
Tammy Rossi of Pope Valley, a fan of the autumn holiday, picked out a black raven at Feeney’s to decorate a tree inside her home.
“Its fun to dress up and be someone you’re not,” she said. “It’s the one time you can forget about reality for the day.”
Seena Shanker of St. Helena visited Feeney’s for ideas for a Halloween party she would attend.
“I don’t know what to be,” she said. Perhaps a witch with a black cape?
Her kids are exited about Halloween, Shanker said. But having grown up in India, “we never had this,” she said. “It’s still sort of new to me.”
“It’s my favorite holiday,” Cookie Buhl said of Halloween. “I always buy one new decoration each year.”
Omar Delgadillo, 20, visited Feeney’s looking for an outfit for a party at UC Santa Cruz. “I want something simple, not too crazy,” he said. He had picked up a light blue top hat and black cane with a gaudy faux-gold handle.
“We don’t want to be left out” of the Halloween fun, he said.
“It’s good to be back in Napa,” said Sean Feeney, who has run seasonal Halloween stores for 19 years. Last year, he only had one store, in Reno, Nev. This year, in addition to Napa, he has a second location in Vacaville. “But I always love Napa,” he said.
Near downtown on Main Street, Halloween City opened its own seasonal store this year.
Disney princesses, skeletons and ninjas are among the more popular looks this year, said Morgan Torrez, assistant manager.
Another hot item is known as a “morph” suit. The stretchy full-body suit covers the entire body and head and comes in different solid colors and patterns, including one print that looks like a crash test dummy.
“You can breathe and drink through it,” Torrez said. “It’s a really interesting costume.”
Besides the morph suits, “I notice a lot of people asking for Chucky from ‘Child’s Play.’ It’s kind of odd because it’s such an old character,” he said.
What is it about Halloween that is so appealing?
“I think for adults a big part of it is reliving their childhood,” Torrez said. According to the Halloween City website, adult costumes start at $12.99.
Shoppers are also looking to dress up at a discount. According to Andre Aranda, manager of the Napa Goodwill, “We’re having a hard time” keeping the costume section stocked. “As soon as we put them out they fly off the racks.”
As of Wednesday, his inventory included a Snow White, Dracula and several princess costumes. “I had a Tweety and Sylvester costume. That’s gone,” Aranda said. Prices for the getups start at $4.99, he said.