A First Glimpse at the Spirit Halloween FilmIt's true, this fall we will see a feature film about the halloween pop-up shops called Spirit Halloween. The first two publicity images from the movie were released on Saturday, featuring stars Christopher Lloyd and Rachael Leigh Cook. In the movie, Lloyd plays wealthy land developer Alec Windsor, who disappeared without a trace long ago and is said to haunt his abandoned buildings. Cook plays the mother of one of the teenagers that spend a night at Spirit Halloween to see if anything happens. We can assume that something does, indeed, happen. As Variety puts it, "an angry spirit posses the animatronic characters inside." You've seen the size of those animated decorations at Spirit Halloween- they can scare the candy corn out of you even when they aren't controlled by a demonic spirit.
Singing About Spirit HalloweenIn one of the true signs of autumn in America, about the middle of August, you notice the opening of a Spirit Halloween pop-up shop. The company takes advantage of empty retail shops with a short term lease to sell Halloween gear, from costumes and accessories to life-size animatronic lawn decorations. In the fall of 2020, Nick Lutsko wrote a catchy little song about it. But that was only the beginning. The store had nothing to do with Lutsko's song, but as he hinted about being paid for it in the lyrics, they eventually reached out and gave him some money. Lutsko told the story in a podcast (with transcript). Then Spirit Halloween called him back and commissioned another song as their official theme!