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September 30, 2023

Halloween festivities approach

Jubilee Church to host Oct. 30 ‘Trunk or Treat’

While some of the customary Halloween activities might be limited again this year due to ongoing concerns about the spread of Covid-19, the spirit is in the air in Morgan Hill.

The Spirit Halloween store at Cochrane Plaza has been steadily busy since it opened in September, and manager Cynthia Ortega expects the stream of customers to continue through the end of this month.

“We get a lot of people at rush hour” when families are returning home from work or school, Ortega said. “On the weekends we get hit with a lot of customers. We always try to help them out and find what goes best with their outfits and costumes.”

The store features a gamut of ready-made costumes as well as clothing, props and accessories to complement a customer’s original creation.

On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 5, Max Calé, 12, was looking for the perfect hat for his “Plague Doctor” costume. A group of eighth-graders from Jackson Academy of Math and Music tried to spook each other with the store’s motion-sensored animatronic displays, while trying on masks and hats.

Spirit Halloween is also raising money for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital through sales at the company’s retail stores. Customers can opt to “round up” their total purchase price to make a donation at the checkout counter, Ortega explained.

The stores have raised more than $890,000 for the children’s hospital since 2007, according to a display on a front wall of the Morgan Hill Spirit Halloween store.

Public health officials have not issued any guidance discouraging kids and families to go trick-or-treating on Halloween this year. But the Morgan Hill Downtown Association earlier this year announced it has canceled its annual Downtown Safe Trick or Treat event due to concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.

For families looking for an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, Jubilee Bridge Church in Morgan Hill will host a drive-thru “Trunk or Treat” starting at 6pm Oct. 30. Jubilee Bridge is located at 685 Jarvis Drive. The event is free.

Max Calé, 12, of Morgan Hill, searches for the right hat for his “Plague Doctor” costume for Halloween. Photo: Michael Moore
A group of eighth-grade Jackson Academy volleyball teammates pose for a photo with animatronic characters on display at Spirit Halloween in Morgan Hill Oct. 5. Photo: Michael Moore
Michael Moore
Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.

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