Family-owned Halloween store continues to thrive despite COVID-19

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Halloween props are placed throughout The Best Halloween Store Ever in Thousand Oaks, CA on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The store is one of a few Halloween stores that stayed open during the pandemic. Photo credit: Alissa Schoepflin

By Alissa Schoepflin

During this spooky season, many would normally be preparing for the fun and exciting holiday known as Halloween. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, many events and plans have been canceled. Ventura County officials stated that it is not recommended or advised to go out for the holiday.

With the ongoing pandemic, stores across the county have been affected, including multiple Halloween stores.

A local Ventura County Halloween store, known as The Best Halloween Store Ever, has remained open to continue to provide for its customers and contribute an optimistic season full of scare and excitement.

The Best Halloween Store Ever is a family-owned business that is approaching its 14th year of being opened. The store is specialized in their handmade props that consist of clowns, zombies, spiders, etc. The store is known for its thrilling yet detailed props that bring a tremendous amount of excitement to the public and its customers.

Taina Scharf is the owner of The Best Halloween Store Ever. The store had recently reopened in August for the season and is continuously providing costumes and props to the public.

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Halloween props are placed throughout The Best Halloween Store Ever in Thousand Oaks, CA on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The store is one of a few Halloween stores that stayed open during the pandemic. Photo credit: Alissa Schoepflin

Scharf shared how the business of the Halloween store has been operating through the pandemic.

“Our business has been operating quite fine. We currently are throwing old inventory out onto the floor and pricing them as clearance that way it can be affordable and it can be passed down to others,” Scharf stated.

Halloween is here and it may be slightly different from the past years. Scharf mentioned how the business is managing compared to previous years.

“We have sold more items, but at a cheaper price. The same numbers, yet a big liquidation,” Scharf added.

Even with the pandemic, many are invested and are still celebrating the holiday.

A local customer and Ventura County resident, Lili Shaner, shared her thoughts on her plans for the day.

“My plans for Halloween are mostly going to be working in the morning, then after I will be purchasing bags of candy on sale, and will finish the night watching different Halloween movies,” Shaner stated.

Jessica Martinez, a local Ventura County resident, also expressed her feelings on this year’s Halloween and how it has been different from the past years.

“It’s truly sad. I usually go to Halloween Horror Nights actually and I love dressing up with my friends. It feels lonely not having any fun Halloween plans with everyone,” Martinez shared.