Sunday, November 29, 2020


Thanks for the Support

With a heavy heart, I am announcing that my business Characters & Costumes costume shop in Guilford will be closing. It has been 32 years of bringing joy and love to our customers.

I’ll miss helping a little four-year-old boy pick out his first Halloween costume and then, years later, fitting him for his junior prom tuxedo. I’ll miss the ooohhs and aaahhs uttered every time someone enters the shop. I’ll miss connecting with the theater teachers, actors, and parents finding that extra special costume or accessory for their shows.

Competing with the Internet was difficult and then COVID hit. It just wasn’t financially feasible to keep going. It’s time for Rich and me to stop working seven days a week for more than 30 years, although we will still have our READ Amusements and Segway business to keep us active.

I want to thank everyone for supporting us through the years. We hope they will come say goodbye one last time during this last Halloween season.

Eileen Petrillo