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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:

  • All Webbed Up: The 2018 Cocooned Corpse.
  • 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.
  • Angry Guard Dog: The Jumping Dog, who "tries to take a bite out of everyone he sees".
  • 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*
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  • 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.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: The Hovering Ghost and Bump and Go Ghost are two rare examples of this 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 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.
    • Jumping Cat is a literal undead cat.
  • Circus of Fear: 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 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 decorations. Most of the window clings and party banners are from Morbid.
    • Zombie Farmer is from Halloween Express.
    • Seasonal Visions makes towering props, rising props and grave grabbers.
  • 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.
  • Creepy Twins: The Double Trouble prop, two identical twin girls who speak in unison and turn their heads in perfect synchrony.
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Monkey Chimes is intentionally creepy. He got a successor in 2016, the Accordion Monkey.
  • Death Row: The name of one of the props, a prisoner in an electric chair during his execution.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Some props use strictly black-and-white designs, 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 is an animated prop example.
  • Demonic Possession: The Possessed Wall Hanger, Broken Spine Girl, Resurrection Mary, Lunging Lily, and Floating Ghost Girl props seem to be cases of this. While not presented as such in the themes (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.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Used by several props, most notably by the Creepy Rising Doll when it transforms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ghostly Glide: This is invoked by the Roaming Antique Dolls, 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.
  • 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, they're always indicative of evil.
  • The Grim Reaper: Several, though most 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 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.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted completely. Their "Zombie Babies" collection features several monstrous, gory, and undead babies, and there are several older children among the undead props.
  • 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 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: Spirit Hollow in 2017 is an abandoned town in a forest, with all manner of frightening denizens.
  • Mad Scientist: The Mad Scientist, Dr. Shivers, and the Evil Scientist.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: A mad scientist, his victim, and three 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 there have been a few others.
  • 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.
  • 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: Used by most of the dolls.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: The Twitching Banshee is an almost skeletal woman who screams loudly and thrashes wildly. Did we mention she has 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: One who has been chained up due to unethical practices and/or unnatural control of the disease.
  • 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 Li'l 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 feature 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.
  • 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, both in black and brown 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 is a take on the classic "dress up like a scarecrow" prank. It looks like a decoration, but when trick-or-treaters go for candy, it sits up straight with a scream.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 and the Shotgun Blast Zombie.
  • Undead Child: Pretty much every child character is implied to be undead or possessed...or perhaps both.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Both the Zombie Gas Station and Spirit Station Z are populated by zombies.

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