Chris Szydlowski and Lola Forbes did not know when they opened their Chandler storefront that they would have a line wrapped around the shopping center. They figured that first weekend in summer 2019 was a fluke—that many people could not really love their horror-themed bakery. But week in and week out, the duo behind Spooky’s Swirls spend four days prepping the bakery for when they are open on the weekends.
“We had no idea,” Forbes said. “We hoped we would do well, obviously. But it has been so much more than we thought it would be from the time we opened. It’s been incredible. In our first few weeks open, we completely ran out of sugar, flour—everything. We always overestimate how much we think we will need of something and without fail, by the end of the weekend, we are out of everything.”
Szydlowski is able to meld her love of horror, baking and her impressive collection of props and costumes from movies like “Beetlejuice” in the storefront that doubles as a museum to spooky movies over the years. The bakery is operating for curbside pickup, but Szydlowski and Forbes said they hope to open the storefront and museum for customers soon.
“It’s really special,” Szydlowski said of the ode to movie history. “We want to get back to a place where people can come in and enjoy it, too.”
The bakery specializes in gluten-free goods, catering to a population that often has a hard time finding dessert options.
“We had a little girl get her birthday cake here a while back,” Forbes said. “Her mom said it was the first birthday cake she had since being diagnosed with celiac disease. She said she has a specific journal that she writes in every time she comes here—a Spooky’s Swirls diary. Her mom sent us a video of her reading from it. We were both in tears. That’s why we do what we do. We want to have those experiences all the time."