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Spirit Halloween was founded in 1983 and grew to dozens of stores in its first decade and a half. It was a 63-store chain in 1999, when Spencer’s acquired it.
“Through Spirit, the company pioneered the rollout of a national, seasonal Halloween operation,” company spokesperson Erin Springer said in an email.
The chain now has grown to more than 1,300 locations in strip centers, malls and free-standing locations in the U.S. and Canada. It also sells products throughout the year, not just around Halloween, on its website.