We know that small businesses everywhere are struggling, but every business is struggling in its own way. Halloween is Christmas for those businesses that sell costumes, make-up, and party supplies, but there’s definitely not going to be any parties this year, and even the possibility of Trick or Treating is in doubt. So what will Halloween look like, and where does that leave the people for whom Halloween is big business?
This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Missy Morrow, who is the proprietor of Party Corner Costumes. Believe it or not, the Centres for Disease Control has a list of recommendations for a safe and healthy Halloween, and indoor costume parties and door-to-door trick or treating are among the more high risk activities though. The CDC does offer some alternative suggestions though, so the holiday is not dead, but what about the people that supply the party favours?
But Party Corner is more than a one holiday pony so to speak. In fact, one of their biggest annual draws is St. Patrick’s Day, which was more or less cancelled this year because the lockdown hit just before its March 17 celebration. There was lost revenue from all the green and Irish party favours for a university town that enjoys a good St. Patty’s Day shindig, and all occasions in between, so is this Halloween going to make or break the local costume business?
That’s one of the questions Missy Morrow will answer, along with how she’s had to adapt and change her usual business practices because of COVID, and the incredible amount of extra work she’s had to put in to help her business to survive the pandemic. She will also discuss what this Halloween will look like, what people are doing, how much pressure she’s feeling to make the most of her busiest holiday, and whether or not she thinks there’ll be Trick or Treating this year.
So let’s talk about Halloween, and the costume business, in this COVID age on this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!
You can find Party Corner on all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also fine them on their website, call them at (519) 763-6400, or visit them at their store at 200 Victoria Road South, the Eggcetra Plaza, from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday.
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