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Johnnie Brock’s Sells Out Of Squirrel Costumes

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10/11/11-Johnnie Brock's, billing itself as the largest Halloween store "in the universe", has run out of squirrel costumes as the St. Louis Cardinals incredible post-season run continues. Owner Ed Brock says they actually started out with 36 squirrel outfits, but quickly sold out. "A costume shop doesn't buy that many squirrel costumes, you know, it's not a big demand the rest of the year". Three dozen more have been ordered and are on the way to Johnnie Brock's at I-44 and Jefferson. This fox costume might serve as a possible substitute that could be retro-fitted to resemble the Rally Squirrel of Cards' fame. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

10/11/11-Johnnie Brock’s, billing itself as the largest Halloween store “in the universe”, has run out of squirrel costumes as the St. Louis Cardinals incredible post-season run continues. Owner Ed Brock says they actually started out with 36 squirrel outfits, but quickly sold out. “A costume shop doesn’t buy that many squirrel costumes, you know, it’s not a big demand the rest of the year”. Three dozen more have been ordered and are on the way to Johnnie Brock’s at I-44 and Jefferson. This fox costume might serve as a possible substitute that could be retro-fitted to resemble the Rally Squirrel of Cards’ fame. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – And then there were none.

Johnnie Brock’s, self-billed as the biggest Halloween store “in the universe”, has run dry of squirrel outfits as Cardinal fans rush to honor the Rally Squirrel, the team’s unofficial mascot during its 2011 playoff run.

All 36 were quickly snapped up…at $100 each.

“Isn’t that crazy?,” Johnnie Brock’s owner Ed Brock asked redundantly. “These things happen very quickly, it’s usually the latest things in the news or in sports. And this happened to take us by surprise.”

But thinking fast, Brock immediately placed an order for three-dozen more squirrel costumes, which should arrive later this week.

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In the meantime, he and his staff are working hard to fill one customer’s request for “five-hundred squirrel tails”.

Not full costumes, just the tails – apparently for use during the Cards’ upcoming home games against Milwaukee this week in the National League Championship Series.

“We can help him out,” Brock quickly pointed out. “But it’s not an item that anybody manufactures. You can’t go out and find a squirrel tail company.”

Besides squirrels, other hot items this Halloween run along more traditional lines.

Pirates are big, according to Ed Brock, and “Dracula’s #1…he probably always will be.”

Johnnie Brock’s Warehouse Superstore is located at I-44 and Jefferson, with six other locations throughout the St. Louis metro area.

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