Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Columbus Gear Tops for Halloween

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Columbus Gear Tops for Halloween

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Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Business is anything but flat for costume shops stocked with Christopher Columbus gear for Halloween.

"We are going absolutely crazy right now with Christopher Columbus," said Ken Fox of Magic Makers Costumes in Huntington. "That carries over to your fancy parties for people to be King Ferdinand, Queen Isabella and Columbus. We anticipated that and got ready for it."

Schools and organizations around Williamsport, Pa., have been renting Columbusriod costumes for weeks during this 500th anniversary of the explorer's voyage, said Barbara Drawbaugh of Watkins Costumes.

"We don't normally rent a lot of Columbus stuff," Drawbaugh said.

At Stages costumes in Wheeling, a mere $35 will rent a drab costume portraying Columbus as he might have appeared when he set foot in the New World.

"But that's not what they want. They want this glorified shiny gold, kingke Columbus because they want to look good rather than be authentic," said owner Dan Fincham.

In Columbus, Ga., anything related to the 15th century is hot for Halloween.

"We're in the throes of our celebration here in town and Christopher stays gone all the time," said Joanne Middlebrooks of the Springer Opera House Costume Shop. "It's normal here for people to expect us to have those pieces and they rent heavily for that period."

But in the Seattle suburb of Renton, Wash. …

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