Halloween is here and it’s positively scary how quickly it crypt, er, crept up.
Forgive our corny Halloween puns, but in the spirit of the spooky season, we simply can’t help ourselves.
Since the countdown to Oct. 31 is officially on, you might be on the hunt for just the right costume, some hauntingly-good home decor or other Halloween essentials, and are wondering what Spirit Halloween’s store hours are in 2023.
Good news, we’ve got ’em right here along with everything else you need to know about the Halloween superstore, including what costumes are popular this year and a bit of fun trivia about Spirit’s creepy animatronics.
We’ve also dropped in a convenient Spirit Halloween store locator to save you the trouble of looking up store hours and locations yourself.
That way, you’ve got all kinds of extra time to do other festive Halloween activities like carving pumpkins, watching scary movies and preparing for all the trick-or-treaters that’ll soon be knocking on your door by curating a Halloween songs playlist (for kids or adults).
With frightfully little time to waste before the spookiest event of the year arrives, let’s begin.
What are Spirit Halloween’s hours in 2023?
Celebrating its 40th anniversary season, Spirit Halloween has more than 1,500 Halloween stores in cities across the U.S. and Canada.
According to Spirit spokesperson, Justin Burkhardt, most of them are open from 9 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m., depending on the day and specific location.
“We suggest that fans continue to use our website to find their store’s hours of operation,” Burkhardt tells TODAY.com.
To find out more about the Spirit Halloween store nearest you, use the store locator, which you’ll conveniently find right here.
“Most stores are generally open eight to 10 weeks out of the year,” Burkhardt says, many of which will remain open through early November. That good news for after-Halloween bargain hunters hoping to score a few deals.
Short on time? Spirit Halloween’s website is up and running 24/7, 365 days a year for all your costume and decoration needs.
What Halloween costumes are popular in 2023?
Year over year, witch and vampire costumes are among the most popular costumes for kids and adults.
But what’s especially buzzworthy in 2023? According to Burkhardt, an array of costumes are trending this year, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bluey, Wednesday and Addams Family outfits and, unsurprisingly, Barbie costumes from the summer blockbuster movie.
Pet costumes are also all the rage this year. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are projected to spend $700 million on outfitting their furry friends in 2023.
What about Halloween decorations?
Along with costumes, indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations are more popular than ever.
Among them? Spirit’s creepy animatronics, which, according to Spirit Halloween spokesperson, Nikki Balles, are popular with Halloween shoppers.
“We have a meticulous team who develops them and works all year long to create the spookiest and craziest animatronics,” Bales tells TODAY.com. “And we see a huge demand for them.”
Jumping spiders, light-up skeletons, killer clowns and zombies are just a few of the super-scary offerings. “What we’re seeing is there are fans who are buying our animatronics and inviting people to their home and doing a haunted house type of thing,” Balles said.
Beyond the animatronics, Halloween fans can scare up all kinds of wicked good decor like faux tombstones for a haunted graveyard, spooky Halloween scenes to cover windows and doors, inflatables, twinkle lights and standard fare like trick-or-treat bowls, skulls and, well, pretty much everything else.
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