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Spirit Halloween is a Halloween retailer (parent company is Spencer Gifts) that specializes in costumes and props. It is well known for its unique "themes", which are large displays that tie their animated props together under one concept. Their products are usually better suited to an audience of teenagers and adults, since many of the props are gory.

The props sold by Spirit Halloween are provided by other manufacturers, such as Tekky Toys, Seasonal Visions International, Yu Jia (YJ) Toys and Crafts, and a few others. Many of the props they sell are made exclusively for them, while others can be found elsewhere.

Spirit's "Monkey Chimes" prop was featured in the opening credits to American Horror Story: Freak Show.


Tropes used by Spirit Halloween include:

  • Alliterative Name: Most of the prop characters with regular names have just the first name with an alliterative adjective before it, e.g.: Peek a Boo Penny, Lunging Lily, Bloodthirsty Betty, Waving Wally, et cetera. Roaming Rosie Red and Madame Morbida are examples that don't follow the pattern.
  • All Webbed Up: The 2018 Cocooned Corpse, using the same writhing mechanism as previous dangling figures.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Spell Casting Witch claims that "all powers are mine now" in one of her spells.
  • Anachronism Stew: Subverted. At first it seems like Peek-a-Boo Penny, an undead girl from the Victorian era or earlier, shouldn't know the "trick or treat" rhyme, but as it dates to the early days of the tradition, it's entirely possible she would know it from her living days.
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  • Angry Guard Dog: The Jumping Dog, who "tries to take a bite out of everyone he sees". Also, Man's Possessed Friend.
  • Autocannibalism: The Deady Teddy eats his own heart. Don't ask how that makes sense.
  • Awful Wedded Life: The Talking Skeleton Cameos joke about this.
    Male: Oh, my pet, you’re looking a bit melancholy!
    Female: Oh, I was just remembering how very happy we used to be, year after year after year…
    Male: And then we met! *both laugh*
  • Bait-and-Switch: Untimely Death isn't a statue of someone who died before their causes your untimely death.
  • Bedlam House: The "Spirit Hallows Asylum" theme in 2013. One of the nurses has been mutilated and tortured, a psychotic murderer is unattended, and many of the "patients" are zombies. An asylum or other abandoned medical facility also appears as a frequent setting in sneak-peek videos.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: The Hovering Ghost and Bump and Go Ghost are two rare examples of this appearing in their catalogue.
  • Big Red Devil: The Harbinger of Hell is essentially a cloaked reaper with red bones and horns protruding from his forehead.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Untimely Death Statue seems friendly and willing to protect you from evil...but the soul in her vase gives her away.
  • Black Site: Area 31, one of the 2017 themes.
  • Black Widow: The Grave Mourner and Black Widow Flaming Witch. Mourning Gory is a bizarre subversion; she's dead, but coming back to torment and probably murder her spouse.
  • Blatant Lies: The Flaming Black Widow denies being a witch and having powers...while on fire from the inside.
  • Blind Mistake: Lost Her Way hopes to find her head again...but without it, she can't get very far.
  • Body Horror: Several props move in very inhuman ways, like the Broken Spine Girl.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Invoked by 2013's Haunted Clown Mirror and Wacky Mole Clown, two evil clown props that are designed to pop under a blacklight.
  • Burn the Witch!: Amusingly subverted by the Black Widow Witch, who revels in flames rather than being harmed by them. Apparently played straight for her family, though.
  • The Cat Came Back:
    • Rosie Red's dialogue implies that her owner has tried to get rid of her before.
    • The Jumping Cat is a literal undead cat.
      • Same with the Pet Urn. A skeletal cat named Fluffy pops out of it.
  • Circus of Fear: The "Cirque du Spirit" theme in 2010 and the "Spirit Clown Train" theme from 2013.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Peek A Boo Penny wears a nightdress but also has gloves. This is because she's not as alive as she may look when her face is hidden.
  • Creator Thumbprint: The different manufacturers who contribute to Spirit's lineup each have kinds of props that indicate the creator, usually due to recycled mechanisms.
    • Gemmy Industries was known for making life size figures that could collapse for easy storage up till 2011. When they returned to making them for Spirit in 2016, they used a pole based assembly.
    • Tekky is known for its "Rising from the Grave" and jumping props.
    • YJ commonly makes characters on swings. Seasonal Visions has started to make them too, most likely as competition.
    • Glow Parties and Morbid Enterprises sell many of the non-animatronic decorations. Most of the window clings and party banners are from Morbid.
    • Seasonal Visions makes towering props, rising props and grave grabbers. They also make several antique doll props.
  • Creepy Cave: The 2020 'Jack's Cave' back theme.
  • Creepy Child: Many of their most human props are examples of these.
  • Creepy Doll: Several, ranging from roaming bump-and-go dolls to immobile dolls with sound chips. Some may rip off their faces, and some's faces may crack into giant jaws.
  • Creepy Twins: The Double Trouble prop, two identical twin girls who speak in unison and turn their heads in perfect synchrony.
  • Cry Laughing: In the background of Waving Wally's soundtrack, children can be heard giggling. As he keeps talking, the giggles shift into scared sobs.
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Monkey Chimes is intentionally creepy. He got a successor in 2016, the Accordion Monkey.
  • Death of a Child: Their "Zombie Babies" collection features several monstrous, gory, and undead babies, and there are several older children among the undead props.
  • Death Row: The name of one of the props, a prisoner in an electric chair during his execution.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The rare prop may use a strictly black-and-white design, but most narrowly avert it by applying a red Splash of Color for blood.
  • Dem Bones: Several versions of static skeleton props are offered by the company. The Swinging Skeleton Boy and Bone Collector are non-reaper animatronic examples.
  • Demonic Possession: The Possessed Wall Hanger, Broken Spine Girl, Resurrection Mary, Lunging Lily, Floating Ghost Girl, Bloodthirsty Betty, and Demonic Dahlia props seem to be cases of this. While not presented as such in the themes (where she's made to look like an alien victim), the Levitator Girl evokes this.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: In the "Last Chance Gas" theme, one of the props is a toilet with a zombie that pops out of it!
  • Drop the Hammer: The Wacky Mole Clown would just love to do this.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: While the signature has always been there, earlier years had less cohesive displays and the company did not film them or their props for consumer benefit, and early years of the videos are less professional and comprehensive. Spirit has become more invested in their theme displays through the years, even switching permanently to two larger displays per year, and has since made produced sneak-peek demo videos each year to hype up their products.
  • Enfant Terrible: Pretty much all of the child props, though usually due to supernatural influence.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: One of the most common types of prop sold by the company.
  • Evil Old Folks: Gruesome Granny, Undead Granny, Wheelchair Granny and Mean Ol' Gramps. However, Gruesome Granny sings a relatively tame song (Rock-A-Bye Baby), despite her and the baby she’s holding being zombies.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Used by several props, most notably by the Creepy Rising Doll and the similar Abandoned Annie when they transform.
  • Exorcist Head: Many props perform 360-degree head turns. 2020's Miss Mercy the nurse provides a variation, as her head spins upside-down.
  • Expy:
    • The Creepy Sailor Boy seems to be one of Robert the Doll, as both are sailor dolls with teddy bears.
    • The Tragedy Haunted Doll is a visual reference to Raggedy Ann, with the full name implied to be "Tragedy Ann". It also references the real-life Annabelle, a supposedly possessed Raggedy Ann doll.
    • The Sawin' Wood Doll is a twisted reference to Pinocchio, being made to look like wood and wearing a similar costume.
    • Menacing Molly takes heavy visual cues from Wednesday Addams.
  • Eye Scream: Most of the doll props have empty sockets. The Kneeling Geist Girl's eyes are hanging out of their sockets.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: A few of their props combine this with Exorcist Head.
  • Facial Horror:
    • The Evil Scientist, who looks relatively normal with his surgical mask on, but when it drops down, his face is nearly skeletal.
    • Abandoned Annie is a doll example, whose cracked skin disguises a jagged mouth that splits open, disrupting the pretty doll face.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The Shotgun Blast Zombie is a "half-buried" zombie designed to fall backward flat on the ground when the gun he comes with is "fired". The gun, however, is a bright green Nerf-esque design that looks nothing like a shotgun in shape or color. It's likely to make it clear the gun isn't a functional weapon, but it doesn't quite match the gory, scary prop.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Where the Harbinger of Hell hopes to bring those foolish enough to cross paths with him.
  • Fortune Teller: Madame Morbida the Misfortune Teller is a creepy twist on old-fashioned fortune-teller machines. Before she gives each misfortune, her head rotates to reveal a zombie-like face on the other side. When in the dark, the effect is more startling, as the lights in the booth turn off while the head rotates, hiding the rotation.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Invoked by the lunging props, which play on the typical prop, with a static pose and a cheesy script about capturing the viewers...before actually trying. Also invoked with props like the Sitting Scarecrow, Jack Straw, and Demonic Dahlia, who are sitting props you would expect to stay as posed. Unfortunately, the Scarecrow pops up to an upright pose, and Dahlia and Jack lunge forward to stand on their feet.
  • Ghostly Glide: This is invoked by the Roaming Antique Dolls and Lost Her Way, whose dresses cover their wheeled base mechanisms, and the Floating Candle.
  • Glasgow Grin: The Creepy Rising Doll has a crack along her jaw that resembles one. When she changes, the crack splits open and turns the jaw into a moving mouth. Abandoned Annie's face splits into a mouth in a similar fashion but averts this trope. It's more surprising with her because her face is so cracked you can't see the seam.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: The Talking Cherubs are living sculptures of these.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A lot of props are scarred or disfigured. Here, it's always indicative of evil.
  • The Grim Reaper: Several, though many of them just take the image and have different roles.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Averted as would be expected. While not common in the props, blonde hair is no indication of goodness.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Limbless Jim is a zombie with no legs holding onto a walker, and the Undead Fred and Crawling Cathy Grave Grabbers are legless zombies that move like they're clawing at the ground they lie on.
  • Haunted House: The Haunted Mansion theme from 2013 is a classic example.
  • Hellevator: The 2016 Hotel display's elevators each contain one of their props; a screaming banshee, a corpse tangled in wires, a possessed girl, and the Boogie Man.
  • Hell Hotel: One of the 2016 themes.
  • Hell Hound: The Cerberus prop.
  • High-Voltage Death: Death Row. The control switch that can serve as the prop's trigger is actually called "High Voltage". The Electrified Maniac has a more modern version of this trope. The Electrified Corpse is an example, too, being a man who died tangled up in and pierced by a mass of hanging wires.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: Invoked with 2014's 'Last Chance Gas', 2015's 'Spirit Swamp Tours' and the 2018 farm themes.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: Someone must have been to give the Moonshine Barrel Zombie his hiding place.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Pestilence/Sickening reapers claim to be "Pestilence incarnate".
  • Human Head on the Wall: The Zombie Head Wall Plaque is an undead case.
  • Human Popsicle: The Cryo Chamber Corpse is an apparently undead one.
  • Hungry Jungle: Invoked with the 2020 themes.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: Mourning Gory carries an umbrella.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: Lampshaded by the Looming Strawman, noting that silence is usually a precursor to a Jump which he delivers.
  • Jump Scare: Several props manufactured by Tekky Toys and Crazy Create operate solely on delivering these, though it's been used as a secondary function for other props.
  • Killer Teddy Bear: The Deady Bear, Deady Teddy, Peek-A-Boo Teddy, and the Creepy Roaming Bear.
  • Large Ham: Almost all of their "character" props (that is, with dialogue) have over-the-top voice acting, such as the Flaming Black Widow and Talking Busts. Not that that's a bad thing.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Spirit's product videos have shifted from basic in-studio demo clips to produced, on-location sneak peek videos in the vein of Grandin Road's example, with the simpler videos dropping off after 2015, perhaps due to the rise in online review videos eliminating the need, or the increased focus on pre-opening hype.
  • Laughing Mad: Most of the clown props, though they're far from the only ones who act like this.
  • Living Statue: The Talking Busts, Talking Cherubs, Cemetery Angel, Untimely Death, and Grim Graven Angel.
  • Living Toys: Many. So many that they usually get their own shelf in stores.
  • The Lost Woods: 2009’s Wicked Woods theme is a forest infested with witches, reapers, and zombies. 2017’s Spirit Hollow theme is an abandoned bridge in a forest, with a number of frightening inhabitants.
  • Mad Scientist: The Mad Scientist, Undead Laboratory Technician, and the Evil Scientist.
    • 2008’s Chop Shop theme depicted a Mad Scientist’s lab with various body parts and weapons strewn about, suggesting more sinister activities taking place there.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: A mad scientist, his victim, and four possessed/undead girls reside in the Attic, one of the 2014 themes.
  • Milky White Eyes: Several props have them. The Rising Swamp Hag even references this feature of herself verbatim.
  • Monster Clown: The Spirit Clown Train was full of these, and clown props have been a consistent presence in other years, most notably 2010.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: The Evil Rag Doll does this to herself, with the use of a giant needle and spool of thread.
  • Murder by Cremation: Unfortunately, it didn't keep the Incinerator Zombie down, and he pops out of his oven in a startle.
  • Murderous Mannequin: Subverted. The Mannequin prop is haunted by an unhappy and plaintive spirit trapped inside.
  • No Name Given: Since her successor, Rosie Red, was released, the Roaming Antique Doll seemed sorely lacking of a name. However their Haunted Doll counterparts in 2015 revealed the original Roaming Doll's name to be "Lost Lizzy".note 
  • Nightmare Face: Several props have these. The Face Off Baby Doll's skull is hidden until she removes her face.
  • Off with His Head!: Lost Her Way is a stumbling spirit searching for her head, and is a life-size bump-and-go roaming prop.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Many of the haunted toy props feature music box tunes in their audio tracks.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: The Twitching Banshee is an almost skeletal woman who screams loudly and thrashes wildly. Did we mention the prop had no volume control?
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: All the werewolf props have very wolf-like faces and very human-like bodies.
  • Playing with Fire: The Flaming Black Widow seems to be burning from the inside, and her dress has flames going through it.
  • Plague Doctor: In 2015, Spirit carried a small hanging plague doctor who has been chained up due to unethical practices and/or unnatural control of the disease, and in 2020, featured a life-size hooded fogging plague doctor prop.
  • Plant Person: The Nightmare Harvester leans a bit toward this, as he has root-like feet as if he grew from the ground.
  • "Psycho" Strings: Used in the Undead Granny's soundtrack.
  • Pumpkin Person: Most of them are scarecrows, but Pumpkin Nester and Lil' Nester are more humanlike.
  • Punny Name: The Ghost Writing Book, Wacky Mole Clown, Deady Bear, Corn Stalker, Chester the Jester, and several others have pun-based names.
  • Ragin' Cajun: The Rising Swamp Hag's voice indicates that she's a New Orleans bayou witch.
  • Reality Ensues: Lost Her Way is a headless, of course, she can't see and glides aimlessly around with no way to find her head, a story that lampshades her bump-and-go motion.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Many Tekky Toys props suffered this in the early days of the company. Seasonal Visions props will occasionally display this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue-eyed, blue-dressed Lizzy roaming doll is more playfully threatening, but red-dressed, red-eyed roaming Rosie is more outwardly aggresive in her threats.
  • Retraux: Waving Wally's non-threatening, faded appearance and subtler dialogue make him feel like an old boardwalk animatronic from the 1970s or so, giving it something of a meta element.
  • Resistance Is Futile: A few props, such as the Roaming Antique Doll, taunt you by saying escape is impossible.
  • Scary Jack-in-the-Box: Chester the Jester evokes this, as he's a jester who pops out of a toy chest. The 2020 Fright in the Box is a more straight example of a jack-in-the-box.
  • Scary Scarecrows: The Haunted Scarecrow, The Harvester, the Barnyard Butcher, the Swinging Scarecrow, and the Sitting Scarecrow props. In 2018, several more scarecrow field stalkers were introduced for one of the themes.
  • Scary Stitches: These feature on the Deady Bear, Evil Rag Doll, and Deady Teddy.
  • Schmuck Bait: The 2016 store displays featured the Sitting Scarecrownote , whose try-me button is in the middle of its candy dish. The button is actually a decoy; the prop is set to sensor to provide a genuine scare rather than an anticipated one.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The Double Trouble twins are described as these, and mention killing their mother in their phrases. Mommy's Favorite in 2020 may be another case.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Used by some props in moments of unnatural motion.
  • Sinister Subway: "Spirit Station Z", one of the 2015 themes.
  • Soul Jar:
    • The Witch of Stolen Souls' lantern traps the souls of lost children to keep it glowing.
    • The Untimely Death Statue holds one in her hands.
  • Spiders Are Scary: The very popular Jumping Spider prop that debuted in 2011, which comes in black, brown, and red/black versions. The 2016 Attack Spider is more realistic, and leaps forward horizontally, rather than jumping upward. The 2018 Cocooned Corpse is a thoroughly wrapped-up victim of scary spiders.
  • Spiritual Successor: Several props have recycled technology or concepts, such as the roaming dolls or the Sawin' Wood Doll to the Evil Rag Doll.
  • Stage Whisper: The Grave Watcher and Lunging Lily speak in loud whispers.
  • Stock Scream: The Broken Spine Girl, Resurrection Mary, and Twitching Banshee use different versions of a long female scream, which can be found online in several places.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Several props use these.
  • Subverted Trope: A few props invoke this, subverting common visual gags or Halloween prop tropes by presenting a situation with an expectation before going completely against that expectation. For example:
    • Peek A Boo Penny is a girl holding her hands in front of her face. The expectation, per the name and visual, is that she moves her hands to reveal her face, but her hands are completely static. Her head isn't.
    • The lunging props play on the expectation that they're mostly static and only recite a cheesy script about taking you with them...but then they actually try.
    • The Sitting Scarecrow, Rusty, and Jack Straw are take on the classic "dress up like a scarecrow" prank. They look like harmless sitting stuffed dummies, but when trick-or-treaters go for candy, the Sitting Scarecrow sits up straight with a scream, Rusty raises a chainsaw while shaking madly, and Jack Straw springs forward to stand on his feet.
    • Mourning Gory covers her face with an umbrella. Instead of raising it, she sharply twirls it around to the side with a removed panel, revealing her face behind it.
    • The Broken Spine Girl and Menacing Molly are both props facing backwards. Most props with their back to you will perform a Face-Revealing Turn via Exorcist Head. Instead, they bend their backs at unnatural angles.
    • Menacing Molly has an extra subversion in that swinging props commonly do nothing but speak to the viewer, so her startle is unexpected to those familiar with the more cheesy or atmospheric swinging props before her.
  • Swamps Are Evil: One of the themes in 2015 is a sinister Voodoo Swamp.
  • Television Portal: The Terror TV has a ghostly face that pushes out from behind the screen.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: The original trio of Haunted Dolls and Roaming Rosie Red say different forms of this.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: The Boogie Man prop.
  • Torso with a View: See Thru Sindy, a static prop, and the Shotgun Blast Zombie, an animated one.
  • Undead Child: Pretty much every child character is implied to be undead or possessed...or perhaps both.
  • Updated Re-release: A few props got tweaked and a couple got remade a few years after being discontinued. In 2017 the Limb Ripper Werewolf was remade. The 2020 lineup featured several cases of older props being remade, advertised in "Flashback Fridays" such as Uncle Charlie, The Gatekeeper, and Flesh Eating Zombie.
  • Volcanic Veins: The Smoldering Zombies have glowing fiery veins going through their blackened skin.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: The Bloody Bag of Jokes is a bloody clown in a body bag, who seems perfectly alert. The John Doe prop does this as well, as well as the Toe Tagged Corpse.
  • Wall Crawl: A couple of possessed props invoke this. The Possessed Wall Hanger is explicitly meant to do this, and one display option for the crawling Bloodthirsty Betty is to mount her on a wall.
  • When Trees Attack: The Haunted Tree, Talking Tree Face, and Deadly Roots props.
  • Wicked Witch: Many of the witch props are examples of the classic Halloween image.
  • Your Soul is Mine!: 2020's Harvester of Souls holds a young girl up and has fog effects as if sucking out her soul.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: 2011’s Zombie Wasteland, 2014’s Last Chance Gas and 2015’s Spirit Station Z themes are populated by zombies.

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