South Jersey-Based Spirit Halloween Stores Now Stocking Tricks and Treats

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. --Halloween may be just under two months away, but the local headquarters for a national store is ready for things to get spooky. 

The team at Spirit Halloween explains how the company is kissing summer goodbye and welcoming the chills and thrills that come with fall.

“We started in mid-August getting our stores ready, ahead of the competition,” said Daniel Kupper, a district manager with the company.

It’s a good thing they start early because with 1,300 stores nationwide, the Egg Harbor Township-based company needs to give its team a head start to prepare for a September opening.

We look ahead, we’re thinking of Halloween two years from now.

“I like to say it’s more than Halloween, it’s fantasy," said Kupper. "You come here [and] we’ll sell you fantasy.”

The huge selection of costumes for all ages makes Spirit stand out against the competition.

“We look ahead, we’re thinking of Halloween two years from now," said Kupper. "With our licensing agreement, you aren’t going to find Stranger Things or Hocus Pocus in other stores. You’re only going to find them here."

Over the years the stores have increased their home décor section, even offering an in-store scare for those who dare to try out Area 31.

“Spirit Halloween is more than what people think," said Kupper. "It’s not just selling Halloween supplies. We’re selling an experience for Halloween."

But for this company the Halloween season is not just about making money, it’s about giving back.

“Spirit of Children is a charitable organization that we founded that makes funding and fun available to kids in the hospital,” said Kupper.

All of the proceeds donated at stores goes directly to more than 140 hospitals across the country.

The $37 million Spirit has raised so far has gone to making hospitals less scary for kids.

“Spirit itself, children are the heart of it," said Kupper. "If you can give back to somebody who doesn’t even expect anything you’re going to get more wealth and happiness than just giving a dollar."

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