Skeleton cake pans, rats, spiders and bloody brains are making their way onto the shelves at Ton of Fun, the party store in downtown Kodiak.
These items are just the beginning of the full collection of Halloween supplies that Ton of Fun owner Erica Young has ordered for Kodiak.
The fall is the busiest time of year for Young because adults and kids search for unique costumes and decorations for Halloween.
“I have a minimum of $10,000 of product coming in for Halloween between costumes and decorations,” Young said. “Halloween is my biggest holiday of the year, and it’s my favorite. I put a lot into it.”
She sells adult, children and plus-size costumes in a variety of styles for men and women.
“I usually order only one of each style so everybody can be different,” she said. “People really like that in Kodiak.”
The costumes are expected to be out on the shelves next week.
Young has owned Ton of Fun since March 2011, when she purchased it from its former owners and moved it downtown.
The downtown location has double the space size, which has allowed Young to expand the product selection. Ton of Fun carries teaching supplies, toys and accessories, art supplies, and party supplies. The party section has grown to include adult party supplies.
Young also expanded the cake decorating section to support Kodiak’s growing cake making community.
“The cake baking section was limited, and so many people on the island do it,” Young said. “It’s expensive to get those things to the island, so we expanded the section. It fills a niche that was already there.”
Young said she even has people from Anchorage call to order specialty cake supplies from her that aren’t available at party stores there.
In addition to the traditional party store finds, Young sells seasonal clothing, gifts and items from consigners. She sells work from several local Kodiak artists.
“I think there’s a lot of local talent on the island, and I think it should be showcased all year long,” Young said. “Kodiak wants to be an inclusive community and you have to do that by supporting the businesses and talent you have here rather than ordering from off island.”
Young said she is always introducing new party items because she wants to bring fun to the island.
“My motto for store is everyday is a reason to celebrate,” Young said. “I don’t believe you have to have a special reason to throw a party, just come up with an idea and put a bash together.”
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