Businesses capitalize on Halloween season


Andrew Shen

Local businesses try to attract customers with Halloween items.

Andrew Shen, Staff Writer

With Halloween fast approaching, local businesses prepare for the holiday in many ways.  

Some businesses have reduced prices on everyday goods found at their stores.

“We’ll have sales on our treats and costumes. The sale happens the day before and the day of Halloween,” said Dolly’s Treasures owner Stan Fox.

Other businesses have introduced new and seasonal items and products in an attempt to draw in more customers.

“We have been selling new costumes and Halloween treats,” said Pet Food Express assistant manager Marion Gonzalez. “We also have some new blinking lights for your animals so people can see them better at night.”

A few businesses like Starbucks have come out with brand new items specifically for Halloween.

“We have begun selling the zombie frappuccino,” said Starbucks employee Jamila Pangilinan. “The Frappuccino is a cream infused caramel with green apple and topped with pink whipped cream with mocha syrup.”

Starbucks employees at the Belmont El Camino Real location will also be dressing up for the occasion as their favorite animal.  

Other businesses like restaurants are hosting special events for both kids and adults.

Waterdog Tavern, a restaurant located in the Carlmont Shopping Center, is hosting a Halloween Fun Day for kids and their parents to enjoy the holiday. They will also be having a kids costume contest at 6 p.m. and an adult costume contest at 9 p.m.

“We are putting together a really fun kids time from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,” said Waterdog Tavern owner Anne Markle. “We will also have a kids buffet where they can get dinner before they start going out for candy.”

The Carlmont Shopping Center will also be having a costume parade of their own beginning at 4 p.m. on Halloween for kids under 12, according to Village Host worker Christian Mendoza.

“We will also be inviting kids and their families after the parade because there will be a Carlmont costume parade going on before,” said Markle. “Kids can also make s’mores, and we will allow them to roast marshmallows under adult supervision.”

With Halloween right around the corner, businesses look to provide as much attraction going into the holiday.