by Glennis Drew
Debbie Hemmings, owner of Rubber Bubbles on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin, is bent over a hot computer checking back orders and pushing through special requests as her hard-working crew happily glide through the massive stock of costumes, wigs, masks, hats, makeup and accessories for the perfect outfit for goblins and ghouls of all ages.
“Do you want a black cape with a purple lining or a purple cape?” Liesel asks a customer as she searches the extensive inventory for exactly what the customer is looking for.
And don’t forget to look up! More masks and accessories are everywhere!
The business, established in 1978 as a balloon company, evolved 10 years later into the costume and ephemera company it is today. Hemmings moved the store to the Barre-Montpelier Road in 1990. This year (as last year), the most popular costume is Harlequin. Next come the super heroes, then Harry Potter, then clowns and zombies as the younger set embrace their scary side.