COLUMBIA - Maude V, Gotcha! and City Halloween all value October. City Halloween is open for two months of the year, while Maude V and Gotcha! are open year round. Maude V and Gotcha! the most money in October.
City Halloween is New to Columbia, opening in early September. Assistant manager Tayler Torres says, "It's been a little slow at first, but we're going to start picking up here, there's no doubting that, word is getting around."
City Halloween will close at the beginning of November. Maude V and Gotcha! are rent costumes all year. Both stores help with costuming plays for schools and churches during the year. They also rent costumes for parties.
Owner of Gotcha! Arro Froese says, "Christmas we're pretty busy and when Mardi Gras comes around we also do a lot of bead sales, there's a lot of costuming with that. And then again in April, there seems top be a lot of spring fling parties and events like that, and we're happy to be a costume shop for that."
Maude V manager Nikki Pyatt says, "We have pretty steady business all year, but come Halloween it gets really hectic and exciting."
Maude V is a vintage clothing store, and they rent costumes out of their basement.