Despite The Pandemic, Costume Store Says Halloween 2020 Will Go On

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If there ever was a holiday that can adapt to the demands of a pandemic — where everyone is supposed to wear a mask — it’s Halloween.

Normally, Chicago Costume would be getting more costumes in and training employees on how to handle the Halloween rush.

Now, General Manager Courtland Hickey says things are “weird, and slow."

But he says there will be a Halloween.

“Whether or not you get an accompanying mask to any costume that you pick up; whether it’s a face mask or a full-head mask, it’s definitely going to be part of your outfit now,” he said, laughing.

“So, it’s just a change. It’s not going to be a total everybody-doesn’t-celebrate, but nobody’s talking about cancelling Christmas.”

Hickey expects his sales to be down this year, even though the store is open for browsing.  He’s offering curbside pickup and Internet orders. Deliveries through the mail have been a problem, he says:

"It used to be one out of every 30 or 40 packages had a problem, and now it's like one out of every 10 is not getting to its destination from the post office. So, that makes it very difficult."