You’ll have to move fast if you want Judy Koen to dress your family for Halloween this year.
The Edwardsville costume-maker is retiring from the costume rental business soon. A cash-and-carry sale is from for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 344 S. Fillmore St. in Edwardsville.
That means you can buy the costumes that Koen had up for rent.
During an interview with the News-Democrat in 2016, Koen said the business wasn’t as profitable as it once was because of all the other ways people can buy Halloween costumes.
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“I make about 50 percent less every year I’m open,” she said. “I think the satellite stores, things that are at the mall, the Internet — in this busy day and age, they can just drop it off on your door step ... that’s affected me tremendously. It’s been a struggle. It’s not really a moneymaker anymore.”
Judy’s Costumes is still around because Koen enjoys the work. She still plans to make costumes in her retirement.
“It’s just more of a passion,” Koen said in 2016. “It’s fun, you know? I enjoy it.”