To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement. Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, vacations have been canceled, celebrations have been put on hold, and you're probably already preparing yourself for the spookiest holiday of the year to be canceled — but Spirit Halloween isn't going to let that happen. Every year, the Halloween retailer opens a few months prior to Oct. 31, and 2020 is no exception. In fact, you can expect to see Spirit Halloween locations popping up nationwide as early as August.
Because Spirit Halloween is a franchise with 1,400 individually operated locations all across the country, there is no official "opening day" for the company as a whole. Instead, most stores open in late August or early September, giving you plenty of time to shop for affordable Halloween decor and fun costumes to safely celebrate this year. If you want to find out when your local Spirit Halloween store is opening (or where the nearest Spirit Halloween location even is), you can use Spirit Halloween's store locator. The website will tell you every location's expected opening date, so get ready to start counting down the days.
According to Spirit Halloween's Instagram page, the franchise is taking the necessary precautions to make your in-store shopping experience as safe and easy as possible. For those who would rather limit their in-person interaction (or simply can't wait until their local Spirit Halloween location opens), Spirit Halloween's 2020 merchandise is already available online, which means you can shop costumes, accessories, and spooky decorations at any time. Even if trick-or-treating isn't looking likely this year, there's no reason why you can't plan an at-home Halloween celebration with your family or roommates. All we know for sure is that as soon as the nearest Spirit Halloween location opens, we'll be stocking up on all the Halloween merch we can carry!