Caufield's - A Louisville Institution

 
Tomorrow, October 1st, kicks off Halloween season in our house.  We celebrate by drinking hot chocolate and watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; next weekend we'll start decorating for Halloween.  We're only one house off of Hillcrest Avenue (a/k/a Halloween Street), so we need to step up our game this year - the family that sold us our new home warned us to expect between 200 and 250 trick or treaters!    I suppose we could buy Halloween decorations and costumes from Target or one of those seasonal shops that pop up around town every September, but why would we when Louisville is home to Caufield's Novelty?
 
In 1920, Keran S. Caufield, Sr. opened his original shop as a photography studio, which was successful enough that customers often had a lengthy wait.   Keran solved this by selling them magic tricks and other novelties to keep them busy.  Soon, the tricks and gag gifts outsold the studio sessions, and a new business was born.  Now in its third location, just a block from Museum Row at 1006 West Main Street, Caufield's is still family-owned and has expanded into holiday decorations, costumes (both sales and rentals), and theatrical props.  Although the store stays busy all year with a massive on-line presence and as a wholesale distributor to smaller party shops, during the Halloween season you can barely walk through the aisles.  There are walls of wigs and masks, rows of makeup (latex zombie skin, anyone?) and props like hatchets, cowboy hats, and elf ears, and two huge rooms of costumes.  The back room is a horror fan's dream - the Dungeon is replete with motion sensor monsters like a mummified mommy rocking her equally terrifying baby, moaning zombies, and skeletons jumping out of coffins and also houses the majority of the store's outdoor Halloween decoration inventory.
 
On Friday, October 11th at 7 p.m., Caufield's will throw its 9th annual Halloween parade.  The store's own custom 1946 Cadillac hearse leads the parade through the Highlands, starting with Baxter Avenue at Lexington Road, and ending at Mid-City Mall.  You will see wonderful Halloween-themed costumes, floats, cars, caskets, and marching bands.  Costumed kids can join the end of the procession so don't forget to dress them up.  Don't miss one of the best family friendly Halloween celebrations in Louisville!