Vampires, zombies and witches are coming to Lee Road pop-up costume shop Oct. 19

Ben and Nicole Rossa in last year's costumes that now are headed for the donation box.

During the weekends of Oct. 19 and 26, old costumes will be brought back from the dead at the Costume Exchange Pop-up on Lee Road. Located in the former Heights Music Shop space, at 2174 Lee Road, the temporary shop will sell gently used costumes for $5 a set.

The project is a collaboration between Reaching Heights and local start-up The Old Vaudevillian (TOV). Proceeds from costume sales will benefit the Patti-Jackson Music Lesson Scholarship fund through Reaching Heights.

“Halloween is one of my favorite times of year,” said Reaching Heights Program Manager and TOV owner Nicole Rossa. “I wanted to find a way to bring people together for the holiday that wasn’t only about candy.”

Property owners Ray Lesser and Sue Wolpert are excited to see the space used for something new. “The storefront used to serve as an alternative community center and we look forward to having more events in the space,” said Wolpert.

If you’d like to donate gently used costumes to the project, drop-off boxes are located at CH-UH public schools, Heights libraries and Family Connections. The boxes will be out until Oct. 11. The collected costumes will be cleaned and sorted before the shop’s Oct. 19 launch at the Lee Road Candy Crawl. The community is invited to stop in for a costume and to get pictures taken with the Heights Tiger mascot.

Additional costume donations will be accepted at the shop, during regular store hours. The Costume Exchange Pop-up shop runs Oct. 19, 20 and 21, and Oct. 26, 27 and 28. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will be open noon to 7 p.m., and on Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

Benjamin Rossa

Benjamin Rossa said of himself, "Mostly, I get roped into things by my wife but I always have a good time."

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