Spirit Halloween was founded out of the observation of a trend on the verge of explosion. Since the opening of its first store in 1983, Spirit has experienced tremendous growth. In 1999, Spirit Halloween operated 63 seasonal locations throughout the United States and was acquired by Spencer Gifts LLC. Since its acquisition, Spirit has expanded its store base from 63 locations to over 1,100 for the 2014 season and has position itself as the leading national Halloween retailer. Spirit Halloween stores are situated in high visibility, high-traffic strip centers. The typical store opens around Labor Day weekend and closes in early November. Spirit Halloween can be found in all major markets of all 50 states of the US and 9 provinces of Canada.