Horror-themed bakery, prop museum Spooky’s Swirls opens in Chandler
PHOENIX — A new bakery in Chandler offers more than just sweet treats. It also holds a museum dedicated to memorabilia from horror and science fiction movies.
Spooky’s Swirls, a 1,575-square-foot space located at Elliot and Alma School roads, incorporates that love for film into its baked goods.
“Like peanut butter and jelly … props and pastries were made for each other!!” co-owner James Azrael told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday in an email.
Some options on its fully gluten-free menu include Scream Cheese Cakes, a Raisin Hell rum-raisin roll and “Sharknado”-themed cupcakes.
The bakery opened July 3 and will celebrate its grand opening Aug. 10 with a visit from Paul T. Taylor (Pinhead from “Hellraiser: Judgment”), who will sign autographs.
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Spooky’s Swirls was created in partnership with The Horror & SciFi Prop Preservation Association, which supplies the more than 160 screen-used movie props and costumes throughout the bakery.
The bakery also hosts movie screenings on a large-screen TV and has a library of over 100 vintage magazines.
Azael said co-owners Lola Forbes and Chris Szydlowski operated Spooky’s Swirls as a food truck in Phoenix before the idea for the shop came to be.
“The HSPPA was doing an exhibit in Phoenix and Chris and Lola brought the team the most amazing Jason Voorhees-themed cupcakes … it was a like a light went off and we all started talking and realized how perfect this all was together,” Azrael said in an email.
Azrael said the group chose Chandler for the bakery because the location was “perfect.”
“The layout of the store is like it was built for our idea, a perfect space for the bakery AND a perfect space to set up a museum,” he said.
“Chandler is also just a great area, very welcoming and lots going on that we are excited to be a part of.”