Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Not to rush things, but are you ready for Halloween? 

by Margo Tamblyn from the Costume Shop Mysteries
by Diane Vallere


You know what annoys me? The way the department stores start decorating for the holidays in August. I mean, really. There are so many more important things to think about before it's time to think about the holidays.

Like Halloween. It's next month!

My family's costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, has been getting in shipments of new costumes and accessories since July, but that doesn't mean we put everything out. Our town, Proper City, is in the desert, and even though the temperature doesn't vary all that much,
by collective agreement we don't start thinking about fall until after Labor Day. Gina Cassevogli, who runs the other costume shop in town, once put a turkey costume in the window of Candy Girls at the end of August and had to pay a five hundred dollar fine! Guess who the turkey was in that situation? :)

But Labor Day just happened so it's time to sort through the massive influx of costumes that have been building up in the storage closet. When I took over running the store, my dad bought a Mini Winnebago so he could drive around the country and buy oddities for our collection. Yesterday I unpacked four chicken suits, a Starsky and Hutch, and seven versions of Rocky Balboa. (I didn't tell my dad, but I kept the satin Italian Stallion robe for myself.) Every costume came with a story. I'd learned to sneak downstairs and work in the off hours, otherwise we wouldn't get anything done!

Halloween is usually our busiest time of the year, but this past year has had its share of surprises. I'm kind of looking forward to a nice, stress-free October. After what happened last year, I think we could all use a break!


While Margo & company prep for Halloween, get caught up the Costume Shop Mysteries and maybe get an idea for a costume yourself!


  1. I love Halloween 👻 To me it is a less stressful holiday. No gifts, just a costume and some candy!! It's a fun holiday! Sounds like a great book!

  2. These look really fun! I'm one of those holiday freaks that would, (and confesses that I have), left the Christmas tree up for an entire year. I did change out the decorations every month to go with something that was happening. Like red lights with hearts for Valentine's and green lights with shamrocks for St Patrick's. lol.