Halloween season brings business to south Mississippi, funds for children's hospital

Halloween season brings business to south Mississippi, funds for children's hospital
Busy Halloween season in south Mississippi. Photo credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Halloween season is here, and many people in the Pine belt are looking for costumes and shopping for last minute decorations.

The Spirit Halloween store in Hattiesburg has seen an increase of shoppers over the past few days.

"We've been doing really well, and we've been very busy." said store manager, Lakesha Washington. "I know we're going to be busy over the next couple of weekends."

Washington believes the increase in traffic is due to the number of different Halloween related events in the Pine belt.

"We have so much going on in the Pine Belt area," Washington said. "Things like the Zoo Boo and the Halloween parade. There's also the spirit week at schools, so we've been very busy."

While business has been good, Spirit Halloween also does it for a good cause. The Spirit of Children campaign works to make hospitals less scary for children.

According to Spirit Halloween, 100 percent of donations go to hospitals to support the child life department. The donations from the Spirit Halloween store in Hattiesburg will go to the Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson.

"All of us know a relative or a friend that has visited there (Batson Children's Hospital)," Washington said. "We just try to make it a less scary place, and try to bring some joy to the kids in the hospital."