The closed-down business building parasite that is Spirit Halloween has found its host in Lake Charles. This time, it is on McNeese Street in the old Gulfway Shopping Center in part of the old Kroger building. What started as a small store in 1983, it grew in 1999 after being purchased by Spencer Gifts. Since that time, it has become a pop-up retailer that only comes around once a season in various buildings across various cities. As a result, it features over 1400 locations across America each Halloween season.

The spirited retailer features costumes, makeup, props, and more for all ages of spooks. They also sell party favors for that spook Halloween party you're planning and even have an entire kids section for your little ghouls and goblins. The other amazing thing they offer is a huge selection of animatronic props that move and smoke and even creep the heck out of me!

Leah Miller
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The joke behind this is that the store usually pops up in abandoned buildings that you may least expect. One year, it was moving in right behind Toys R Us moving out on Highway 14. It does the same thing across the nation. The business model is just that. They look for long-abandoned lease spots and sign short-term leases to move in to for the Halloween season. Spirit Halloween does $8.4 billion a year, and despite internet shopping, it doesn't seem to be slowing down.

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The Lake Charles Spirit Halloween is now open in the Southgate Shopping Center on McNeese Street and Ryan/Country Club Road. It will remain open til roughly 3 days after Halloween as they normally do.

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