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Halloween Express opens in McDonough for 2010 season

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Halloween Express of Atlanta is now open, with seven locations throughout metro Atlanta. B.J. Smith (left) manages the McDonough location, and Martin Hatfield manages the Kennesaw location.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Halloween Express of Atlanta is now open, with seven locations throughout metro Atlanta. B.J. Smith (left) manages the McDonough location, and Martin Hatfield manages the Kennesaw location.

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Amaris Motes said she has been in a furious search over the past few weeks, looking for costume accessories.

The McDonough resident said she and her husband, James, are planning a full weekend of activities at the upcoming Dragon*Con convention, Sept. 3-6, in Atlanta.

She plans to dress as Alice of "Alice in Wonderland," among other fantasy characters to be featured at this year's convention.

The excited Dragon*Con fan said she happened upon Halloween Express on Friday. The specialty retailer opened on Thursday at a new location in the old Publix-McDonough West Shopping Center, at 250 Jonesboro Road, where Jonesboro Road intersects with McDonough Parkway.

"You can't find it on Yellow Pages," added Motes, holding a bag full of accessories and costume materials.

This is the second year the seasonal retailer has come to Henry County, according to B.J. Smith, store manager of Halloween Express in McDonough.

Last year, the store was located in the former Rite Aid building, also on Jonesboro Road.

"In my opinion, we did surprisingly well last year," Smith said.

There are now seven different Halloween Express locations throughout metro Atlanta, including two locations in the Southern Crescent region. Smith said the other nearby location is in Peachtree City.

The specialty store has a line of political, trendy and classic theme costumes for school functions, costume parties, and other fall activities, said the store manager.

"It's a fun place to shop for any type of costumes, accessories, decorations, and props. It's an extremely fun place to shop for people of all ages."

The store is expected to be open through Oct. 31, this year. Smith said current store hours are from 10 a.m., until 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and noon until 6 p.m., on Sundays.

He said the store will remain open at later hours as the season progresses.

To learn more about Halloween Express, visit online at www.halloweenexpress.com.