Location: Mall of Victor Valley: 14400 Bear Valley Rd Suite 106, Victorville, CA
Owner/Operator: Jessica Trujillo
Date Established: 2005 in Victorville
Number local employees: 13
(Victor Valley)–It’s that time of the year again: with the change in seasons comes pumpkins, ghouls, costumes and Spirit. No, not spirits, but Spirit Halloween, and it is back in the High Desert, ready for another fantastic year. The location in the Mall of Victor Valley opened this week, with a set up that seems to get better every year.
Started in the High Desert in 2005, the Spirit Halloween store in the Mall of Victor Valley is a locally owned and operated franchise, operated by owner Jessica Trujillo. Trujillo, a long time resident of Apple Valley, has been operating a Spirit store in the desert since 2005. She started it with her best friend and business partner at the time, Trudy Bickhart, who is currently doing another store in the High Desert. Spirit Halloween as a corporation has over 1,000 stores nationwide, with some in Canada as well. Every year, there is one main theme, and this year’s theme comes as no surprise.
“The big theme for this year, which has been the theme in movies and everything else, happens to be zombies. What’s funny about that is that I have been a zombie lover since I was probably old enough to pick up a comic book. It’s just kind of fun to finally see zombies become so popular,” said Trujillo, in reference to the vast array of zombie costumes and props that are new this year.
“Our big, BIG display, that would usually be in what we call our dungeon area is no longer our dungeon. It’s now called our Toxic Wasteland, where we will have several animatronic zombie displays for the public to love, play with and hopefully buy for their own haunts and their own pleasure.” Full lines of zombie costumes are now available for men, women and children. Other new additions include Mattel’s popular Monster High, Disney’s Cars, as well as superhero costumes including the Green Lantern and Captain America. Even Charlie Sheen costumes can be found in the store. But as awesome as all the costumes and decorations are, Trujillo explained how Spirit is giving back to the community.
Trujillo’s store joined up with the Victor Valley Homeless Shelter last year, creating a party full of fun and food for all. “We had kids from 5 months old to a 17 year old girl who was an honor student at Apple Valley High School. We are planning on doing that again this year, hopefully making our party bigger and better.”
Not only that, but Spirit Halloween, both corporate and franchise wide, have what is called the Spirit of Children. Spirit of Children is a program that raises money to give to children’s life support hospitals. 100% of the proceeds raised goes to buying supplies for the hospital, as well as to assist in providing music and art therapy. This Spirit Halloween location is teamed up with Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. You can donate directly at the mall location, and you will even receive a bracelet for your gracious donation.
So stop by the store and see all the new costumes and decorations for yourself. If you have any questions, feel free to call the store at (760) 245-5400.