If there's one thing I can appreciate come September and October each year, it's independent Halloween stores. Sure, you can go check out the Spirit and Halloween Adventure shops, but those places are a dime a dozen and tend to carry the same items from season to season. Independent shops always seem to have more love poured into them and you're likely to find items you wouldn't see anywhere else at 'em. Not long ago I received an email from I-Mockery reader "Kitsa" about her favorite independent shop: Foy's Halloween Store, located in Fairborn, Ohio. While I was unable to make the trip out to see the store in person, Kitsa was nice enough to send some interior and exterior photos of Foy's fantastic Halloween setup. Foy's is actually split up into several shops that take up an entire block; some are open year round, while others are only there during Halloween season. So here's a nice pictorial of what Foy's has to offer to some seriously lucky people in Ohio.
Outside Foy's, skeletons gargoyles and more wait on the rooftop to pounce down upon unsuspecting victims.
Gotta appreciate that they took the time to decorate the top of the store instead of just the lower front area.
Don't know why, but I like how they split the "Foy's Haunted House Store" in half to make room for the big arrow.
A skull rests upon some shingles with a crystal ball in head. Psychic Skull?
A bonetastic doorway if I've ever seen one.
Well, now we know who's responsible for decorating the exteriors of all the Foy's shops.
Well done sir! Hope they're paying you in brains for all your hard work.
When a store has an animatronic barfing guy sitting on the sidewalk, you know it's gonna be good.
When a store has a second animatronic barfing guy sitting on the sidewalk, you know it's gonna be great.
Psycho Farmer Gorilla is aok in my book.
Quite the snazzy Mr. Pumpkin hanging out in front of Foy's diner.
I guess the Phantom of the Opera is out for lunch.
I LIKE CHOOOOOOOOOCOLAAAATE!
Good to see somebody dressed up for the occasion.
I know it's trivial, but I love that they painted the mannequin green for the Incredible Hulk costume.
It's the little details that matter most to me.
They have plenty o' weapons 'n costumes to suit your needs.
You just don't see enough hairy moles for sale these days. Granted, they'd be easy to make yourself,
but then you wouldn't be able to tell people, "Hey, guess what I bought today? MOLES!"
Thanks to Foy's, you can finally have the ass you always dreamed of.
First off, everything about this costume is just wrong to me. It looks like an infant stuffed into a cock 'n balls costume.
Also, upon first glance, I thought it said "Peanut Arachnid" which would be so much more awesome.
Somebody, please take a peanut, googly eyes and some pipe cleaners and make me a Peanut Arachnid.
This 666 makeup kit was found in the children's section of Foy's.
That's right kids, now you can apply one of three color makeup varieties all in the name of your almighty ruler, Satan!
Masks or Candies. Tough choice.
Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Leatherface hanging decorations.
I love how Leatherface comes with a miniature chainsaw that's as big as his hands.
A variety of Freddy & Jason masks along with more novelties.
For those of you not old enough to get into a bar, allow me to suggest one of these U.F.O. fake ID cards.
Works every time!
Poo pigs. Poo pigs! POOOOOOOOOO PIIIIIIIIIIIGS!
The only better duck mask than the one in this picture belongs to Howard the Duck.
If you're having trouble deciding on what to be for Halloween, consult Zoltar. He is wise in the ways of 'ween.
Question: What do you do when you run a Halloween costume shop and have an extra dirt bike?
Answer: You drape it with some evil looking cheese cloth and hang it from the ceiling.
Masks, masks, masks galore!
I wonder what the difference between 59 cent and 99 cent body parts is. Probably depends on how vital they were.
I don't care if it's not Easter, if you came to Foy'sHalloween store,
you wouldn't be able to help yourself from buying a lucky egg or two.
I don't think Superman likes being a piñata.
You really don't see many places with functional video demos of those cheesy old Crystal Ball Illusions DVDs any more.
I can find Jamaican cannabis anywhere, so I gotta go with the Dragons Blood in this case.
Yep, they actually have floating novelty eyeballs in their fruit punch dispenser machine. I love this place even more now.
Foy's understands that timeless old lesson: When you run out of floor space, use the ceilings.
Animatronic Hannibal Lecter still wants his fava beans.
Is it me, or does Frankenstein's Monster look really proud of himself here? Proud that he's fetching such a high price.
It's ok though, I think he's earned it by now.
And that about does it for the photographs of Foy's Halloween stores. If you happen to live anywhere near Fairborn, Ohio, this is definitely one place you'll want to pay a visit to before Halloween comes around. Big thanks again to Kitsa for sending in the pics. Really hope I can make it out to Foy's sometime to see it in person, because my thirst for all things Halloween can only be quenched with a cup o' eyeball fruit punch.
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Foy's looks amazing and I love their commercials. The web site looks like it's from 1995 though.
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