Spirit Halloween

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Spirit Halloween LLC
Founded1983; 36 years ago (1983)
FounderJoseph Marver
HeadquartersEgg Harbor Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
North America
ParentSpencer Gifts

Spirit Halloween LLC is a seasonal retailer that supplies Halloween decorations, costumes and accessories. It was founded in 1983 and is based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. In 1999, the store had 60 seasonal locations and was purchased by Spencer Gifts.[4][5]

Business operations[edit]

During the Halloween season, Spirit has over 1,200 store locations in North America. The Spirit Halloween website is open year-round, offering its in-store products online. The store carries decor manufactured by Tekky Toys, Gemmy, Yu Jia, Seasonal Visions, Crazy Create, NewRaySun, and Morbid Enterprises. Many decorations are exclusive to Spirit.

In late summer Spirit Halloween typically puts out teaser videos on social media and YouTube to create excitement for new items. A few days later the videos are followed by another one officially revealing and announcing the item.[6]

The retailer typically makes use of vacant retail space. The stores typically operate for 60 to 90 days, opening sometime in early to mid-August and usually closing two or three days after Halloween. It has seen increasing usage during the retail apocalypse of the 2010s.

Spirit Halloween's start[edit]

Joe Marver created the Spirit Halloween business model, a pop-up store catering to Halloween revelers.[7] Starting with his first pop-up location in the Castro Valley Mall in 1984,[8] he grew Spirit Halloween to 60 seasonal stores nationwide[9] before it was acquired in 1999. His approach to short-term leases, locations, and the stocking of widely varied merchandise was novel in the Halloween retail sector.

Today, the Spirit Halloween network of pop-up stores is bigger than any other specialty retailer in the category, with new ownership expanding Marver’s original concept to more than 1,100 locations across North America. Spirit Halloween serves a Halloween consumer market estimated at $8.4 billion dollars yearly, according to the National Retail Federation.[8]

Spirit of Children[edit]

In 2006, Spirit launched a program called Spirit of Children to raise money in-store for children's hospitals. The program annually celebrates Halloween at hospital locations, supplying costumes and decorations for the events. Since 2007, Spirit of Children has raised over $29 million in donations.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Health Canada warns of some dangerous Halloween products sold by Spirit Halloween". Health Canada. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Health Canada warns Spirit Halloween products part of recall continue to be sold". NEWS 95.7. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Pumpkin, skull Tiki torches sold at Spirit Halloween recalled". CTV News. Bell Media. 20 October 2016.
  4. ^ Trevision, Catherine (October 22, 2000). "Temporary retailers fight over space as holidays approach". Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Company Information: About Spirit Halloween". Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  6. ^ http://animatronichalloween.com/menacing-molly-swings-by-for-halloween-2017/
  7. ^ "Halloween Fun for Grown-Ups", CBS News, October 27, 2003.
  8. ^ a b Clark, Patrick; Mosendz, Polly (2016-10-27). "How Halloween Stores Conquered America". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  9. ^ "Halloween’s Big Business at Boo-tiques", Los Angeles Times, October 24, 2000.
  10. ^ "The Heart of Spirit Halloween:About Spirit of Children". Retrieved May 6, 2016.

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