Founded in 1983, Spirit was already a Halloween force in malls when Spencer’s acquired the then 63-store chain in 1999. Through Spirit, the company pioneered the rollout of a national, seasonal Halloween operation that has grown to over 1,100 locations in strip centers, malls and free-standing locations across the United States and Canada, and online 24/7 all year long.
Spirit stores open in late August through early November each year, stocked with everything you can imagine for Halloween including costumes, masks, wigs, indoor and outdoor décor items, animatronics, makeup, collectibles, props and in-depth accessories. With its “So Much Fun It’s Scary” mission statement, Spirit provides an entertaining and interactive in-store experience for all.
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children. Established in 2006, Spirit of Children raises money in-store and online and through vendor donations to support the Child Life department at hospitals across the United States and Canada. Its mission is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families, the program has raised over $22 million through 2014 to provide fun and funding all year long to its partner hospitals.
100% of every dollar collected is donated to Spirit of Children’s partner hospitals to purchase educational and entertainment items such as laptop computers, flat screen TV’s, distraction toys and toys designed specifically for children with physical challenges, as well as art, music and pet therapy programs. In addition, Spirit of Children funds have enabled some hospitals to increase Child Life hours, staff, and even helped fund an outdoor playground at one hospital. If you would like to learn more about the program please click here.