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Halloween pop-up shops bring spooky costumes while helping children's hospitals

Halloween pop-up shops bring spooky costumes while helping children's hospitals. (NTV News)

With Halloween quickly approaching, many people have yet to purchase their costumes.

A store in Grand Island lets people buy trending costumes just in time for Halloween while also helping out a good cause at the same time.

Moana, Assassin's Creed and Jojo are just some of the costumes that can be found at Spirit Halloween in the Conestoga Mall.

Many stores like this pop up in early September but are only open for about five or six weeks.

"People as soon as they see it, they're waiting for us," said store manager Vetter Angela. "There is a line out of the door when I come here in the mornings on the weekends. It's just too much fun to not have."

With seasonal hiring and constant shipments, the stores are busy right from the beginning.

"I love this store so much. I come here every year and i spend all of my paychecks, all of it," Starrlena Hamburger, a Grand Island resident, said.

The general manager of the store in Grand Island says it's a fun, temporary job.

"All of us that are working here this year all already want to come back and do it again next year. I think that says a lot and it's definitely worth it," Vetter said.

Aside from costumes and spooky decorations, they also raise money to donate to the child life department in area hospitals.

"When budget cuts start at the hospital, they start taking it away from the child life department. That's what keeps kids feeling happy or a little bit less scary there so they have the pets that come in and they can come in and help calm kids down," Vetter said.

The company has raised over $78,000 towards children's hospitals since 2010.

"They have activities, they buy them games and things to do when they're in there," Vetter said.

Donations can be made in store, which go to the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.

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