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Dracula's Closet Closing

A Halloween costume store is closing its doors after 23 years of business in Chico.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2018 6:34 PM
Updated: Nov. 1, 2018 11:16 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A Halloween costume store is closing its doors after 23 years of business in Chico.

Bill Shelley is now 81-years-old and say's he put off retiring because of how much he loves the customers and the business.

Shelley told Action News Now why he and his wife decided to open Dracula's Closet back in 1993.

"Bored, so I decided to do something I opened up just to have something to do I was only gonna keep it open for a couple of years but it just grew and we stayed with it," Shelley said.

Mary Shelley said, for Bill, this isn't a couple months sort of deal.

He spends a lot of time planning out what he wants for his store.

"He would walk into an empty building that he'd plan to rent and thinking where am I going to put this and this come home, go to bed and wake up with I know what I'm gonna do now think that's kind of neat," Mary Shelley said.

Long time customer, Mattew Treuel, said the business here in Chico is a staple during the Halloween season.

"I've been coming here since I was about 6-years-old basically as long as I can remember as long as I've needed Halloween costumes, we used to come in here when we were in elementary school they used to sell fake cigarettes and cigars, we used to take them to school and get into trouble it was really fun, we're gonna miss the store," Treuel said.

Shelley told Action News Now what he is going to miss most about his store.

"People, they've been friends they've been real good friends and yes I'm gonna miss them, I wish I could come back and say here we are, 23 years puts me into a senior citizen now, so time to go," Shelley said.

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