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Halloween season starts early, as decorating options abound

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 16, 2019

 Halloween is here at local retailers, including Menards on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road.

Halloween is here at local retailers, including Menards on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road.

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — The stuff usually begins trickling into stockrooms in midsummer and hits the sales floor in early August.

We’re talking about Halloween decorations, folks, and you’ll find plenty of them these days at local retailers, including Menards. That’s plenty as in volume, and in variety.

“It’s getting here a little earlier, but it’s bigger too. We have more than we’ve ever had,” said Roland Russell, general manager of the Menards store on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road, in Warren. “People want it earlier. They want to buy and get ready early.”

Russell said the big Halloween sellers at Menards this year include all the officially licensed favorites from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Star Wars” franchises. One of the most popular items this year is a life-size version of the clown Pennywise from the movie “It.”

“It’s gone already. That was a nice product,” Russell said, adding that the clown was sold out company-wide but that they were attempting to restock it.

Other favorite items this year include inflatable decorations, animatronic creatures and dazzling lights that change color, sold under the Menards “Pumpkin Hollow” brand.

The Lemax Halloween Village figurines and accessories are also very popular.

“People go absolutely crazy over the village stuff. They love it,” Russell said.

Fall harvest decorations for before and after Halloween, including real pumpkins, are now for sale at the store.

Saturdays are busy shopping days, so Russell suggested a trip during the week for those who want more time and space to browse and shop.