EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — We’re a few days away from Halloween and some shoppers are rushing to grab their costumes.
Eyewitness News checked in with the owner of a well-known costume shop in East Stroudsburg, where some are dealing with the nationwide shortages.
Terrifying props, dolls, and of course, masks are hot items being sold just days before Halloween.
When looking for costumes, East Stroudsburg locals head to Frazetta’s Costumes, whose owner opened its doors 40 years ago.
Owner Bill Frazetta tells Eyewitness News this is the first time his busy season started back in August because of nationwide shortages.
“What I’m finding out is we had a lot of inventory left over from last year because I always keep a lot of inventory, but a lot of stores are not able to get their merchandise this year,” Frazetta explained.
That extra inventory is allowing him to keep almost all prices at their average rate.
“Very few things I had to raise prices on, but yeah people are just pulling the trigger on everything. They don’t care what it cost, they just gotta have it this year,” Frazetta said.
Shopper Diego Sanchez says he waited until the last minute to get a costume but knew exactly where to go.
“I mean they’ve been here so long and they have the most variety and you know always fully stocked up on some good stuff for sure,” Sanchez said.
Frazetta says, now with the newest “Halloween” movie in theaters, the Michael Myers mask is the hottest one selling.
Staying away from the Myers mask, Sanchez says he’s still deciding on what to be.
“I think maybe just like vampire fangs to just do something simple,” Sanchez said. “I’m going to be working, so I don’t want to be sweating in something too crazy.”
Frazetta says along with locals trying to find a costume, he’s seen an increase in customers coming from out of state as well.
“Well we’ve had people in here from all across the country, you know. We just had a woman and her husband come in here and buy a ton of props to drive them back to Florida,” Frazetta said.
You can view the costumes, merchandise, and store hours on Frazetta’s Costumes Website.