Coffee chains have reintroduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The heat index is only 90 degrees instead of 107. Halloween stores are preparing to creep back into the abandoned retail chains of yesteryear. This only means one thing:

Spooky season is officially upon us.

As adults, college students and children begin their annual hunt for the perfect Halloween costume, they now have a new spot to look.

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Halloween WOW, a spooky-only operation derived from Birmingham-based Party WOW, will now occupy what was formerly Stein Mart in McFarland Plaza. The store originally opened on Skyland Boulevard this time last year near Walgreens Pharmacy and Vowell's grocery store.

Stein Mart closed about a year ago due to bankruptcy and the space has been empty ever since.

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For those looking for temporary employment opportunities, Halloween WOW is seeking help for the upcoming fall season. To apply, visit the store and speak to the manager on duty. The business guarantees great pay, associate discounts and flexible scheduling.

Also coming to the plaza is Tuscaloosa's second Slim Chickens location. Work is not yet underway, but The Tuscaloosa Thread will provide more information as details become available.

It is unclear whether Spirit Halloween will open its doors in the Druid City this year, as a Tuscaloosa location is not featured on its corporate website. The one-stop costume and decoration shop relocated to University Mall from McFarland Mall last year, taking over what was formerly a Sears department store.

Last year's grand opening date for Spirit Halloween was Sept. 15, so time will only tell. Stay connected to The Tuscaloosa Thread for more details on when Halloween WOW plans to open its doors to the public.

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