What it’s like to work at Spirit Halloween (2023)

What it’s like to work at Spirit Halloween (1)

Nathaniel Martinez, Online Editor
February 3, 2017

As much a staple of the Halloween season as pumpkins and candy, Halloween stores pop up every September, taking over vacant buildings to sell costumes and decorations. Their fleeting presence make them more mysterious than most stores. Last month, I was able to sit down with an employee of Spirit Halloween, the largest Halloween store chain, to try and find out how these stores work before, during, and after October 31.

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How did everything start? How did you find out about the opening at Spirit Halloween? What was the interview process like?

My cousin was like, “You should come work with us!” and I was like “No.” He said “Why not?” and I said “Fine.” So I applied and nothing happened for a whole two months and then he texted me: “My manager wants to interview you.” So I drove half an hour to the interview.

What was the interviewer like?

They asked me all the basic employee questions: “Why do you want to work at Spirit Halloween” and “Tell us about a time you experienced conflict.” It was pretty much like National Honors Society but they cared less. Once I was done answering those questions, he’d scribbled on the entire page “Great answers.” Top to bottom of the page. After that, he took me out onto the store floor and asked one of the employees for a theme that I should put together a costume for. The employee chose spartans. The manager said “Without choosing a pre-made costume, make me the best spartan costume you can make. I came back a small man with a large shield, a toga outfit and a helmet. The helmet was broken but the manager said it was fine. I was hired on the spot.

How long was it from the day that you were hired to your first day? How often and how long did you work?

I think it was a week. I worked in the mornings and on Tuesdays I would work from 6:30 to closing. Most days would be four hours. I would say that I worked around eighteen to twenty hours every week.

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So after you were hired, what was your first day like? Who did you meet and what were they like?

On the first day, I had to get there at 8:30. We opened up shop and the manager was complaining about why Spirit Halloween was even opening that early. When he finished, he told me how things worked. Each morning, the store would be a mess because customers don’t know how to put things back. So he told me to clean up the floor and put things back where they belong. The first place they assigned me to clean up was the clearance section, which was probably the messiest of all the sections. So I just did my gosh darn best to clean up that section and I did it spectacularly. Then I cleaned up the hat section. My manager said to walk around and make sure that customers are happy and offer assistance if they need it. I did that pretty much the rest of the day until the last hour when I had to stock some stuff.

Is that what a normal day was like?

Yeah, except for an odd-job every now and then like flattening boxes so they could be thrown away.

What are the busiest days?

From everything that I’ve heard, the three days before Halloween were really, really rough. As bad as a Black Friday Sale.

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What problems come with the business that most people wouldn’t expect?

There weren’t that many problems except that we were sometimes understaffed. My first problem was my first cashiering experience. So my boss calls me over the walkie talkie. I get there and he says “I need to run to the bathroom, can you man the register for me?” I said, “Sure. I think. Maybe? No? Yes!” He said, “Don’t worry, as long as you follow the instructions on the paper, you should be fine.” I sold like one item before he came back because I did not know how to run the register at all. It took me a while to actually sell the item to the person who came up to the bathroom. So long that my boss ended up coming back to the register and taking over. He said it was fine because it was my first time cashiering.

Are there any interesting encounters that you’ve had with customers?

There were two couples who complained to me about the store like, “You know, this store is super disgusting. You should really think about that. You should really feel bad about it.” I didn’t really know why I should feel bad about it when I was working the register.

There was one time where I accidentally hit on a girl. She worked at Spencer’s and asked, “Can I have an employee discount?” and I said, “Sure. As long as you give me your number.” She was baffled until I clarified that I meant her employee number. Then I proceeded to give her full price because I completely forgot to apply the discount.

What happens after Halloween?

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The whole store goes on sale the week after Halloween. Absolutely everything is 50% off. A few people come in and buy stuff. We were actually supposed to close less than a week after Halloween but we were pretty lazy about that. The last time I worked was when we were closing and cleaning up the store. Also, that was the week I learned that my boss wasn’t actually trained as a boss yet.

So to clean up we take down everything but the stuff we sell, and put it all in a big truck. People from other stores come and help. It was actually kind of nice even though I almost got crushed once or twice by the fake walls we put in the store. I almost twisted my ankle too.

What happens to the stuff that isn’t sold?

If we find any items, we can just take them home. There was quite a bit left actually. I didn’t want most of it but I did get a zombie head, two canes, a police hat, some police sunglasses, lion ears for my dog, and a rice cap. I got a lot of stuff, in a sense. Anything left over gets sent to a warehouse somewhere.

The stores shut down but what happens to the employees? Are employees guaranteed their positions the following year?

They have to apply again but they’re more likely to be hired, depending on how well of a job they do. The managers get to keep their positions if they want to.

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What do you think of your overall experience working at Spirit Halloween?

It was not a bad experience at all. It was actually pretty good. It was a nice, relaxing time. It wasn’t strict but that was because my boss … my boss vapes. So I can’t really say if this is how all Spirit Halloweens are because some managers came over and were like, “My Spirit Halloween is better than this.” I didn’t know how to feel about that. I didn’t think I felt anything at all. But overall, I recommend working there.
One more thing: everyone should donate to Spirit of Children. With the money donated, Spirit Halloween sets up parties for sick kids. It’s a good cause. If you donate five dollars, you can ring a bell in the store.

FAQs

Is Spirit Halloween a hard job? ›

Generally non stressful with a great environment!

Spirit Halloween is overall a very decent workplace. My coworkers and managers were lovely, though Halloween week can get really stressful. The pay is not amazing, but the environment and manageable workload balance it out.

How long does it take to get hired by Spirit Halloween? ›

The hiring process at Spirit Halloween takes an average of 11 days when considering 324 user submitted interviews across all job titles. Candidates applying for Store Manager had the quickest hiring process (on average 6 days), whereas Seasonal Sales Associate roles had the slowest hiring process (on average 16 days).

Does Spirit Halloween have a uniform? ›

Are uniforms required? Associates can wear basically anything they want as long as it's not vulgar or explicit.

What should I wear to a Spirit Halloween interview? ›

Spirit Halloween is a laidback company, and applicants applying for sales associate jobs may dress in casual clothing for interviews. Management applicants should wear more professional business attire. All job hopefuls should exhibit passion for Halloween during interviews.

How long are shifts at Spirit Halloween? ›

Between 930am-930pm most days, split shifts.

How often does Spirit Halloween pay? ›

Payroll was outsourced to a 3rd party. Spirit Halloween pays bi-weekly.

How long is spirit training? ›

Does Spirit Airlines flight attendant training require you to have a roommate in the hotel you stay at during training? Spirit Airline will sometime required roommates for training. What training does Spirit Airlines offer employees? It takes four weeks.

Does spirit pay weekly or biweekly? ›

Associates start at minimum wage, and increase every year you are working with them. Does Spirit Halloween pay weekly or bi-weekly? You get paid every other Monday per the company.

Does Spirit Halloween hire people with no experience? ›

Spirit Halloween are known for their seasonal sales associate roles. These are temporary positions, requiring minimal experience, often sought after by young people looking for part-time work and a fun job role over the Halloween holiday season.

Does Spirit Halloween require drug test? ›

No, they do not drug test.

What benefits do Spirit Halloween employees get? ›

We offer a fun, challenging, fast-paced and rewarding environment. Plus, Associates receive a 25% discount on merchandise, competitive salary and career advancement. District Sales Managers and Store Managers are also eligible for end of the season bonus opportunities.

What do Spirit Halloween workers do after Halloween? ›

Many people take job transfers over to Spirit Halloween's sister company, Spencers, which is year round so no need to worry about what season it is. They go into other retail stores like spencers which spirits is apart of. Since spirit Halloween is a seasonal job after Halloween you will have to look for another job.

Does spirit drug test at interviews? ›

Yes there is once you get hired at random. At what point in the interviewing/background process is the drug tests conducted? The drug test is conducted after your 1 on 1 interview only if you get an offer.

Are leggings allowed for interview? ›

Can I wear leggings to an interview? As much as leggings have become part of our everyday culture, it is still not appropriate to wear leggings to an interview (unless you are working in a fitness center or yoga studio).

What are your minimum expected earnings Spirit Halloween? ›

How much does Spirit Halloween in the United States pay? Average Spirit Halloween hourly pay ranges from approximately $9.00 per hour for Helper to $19.44 per hour for Store Manager.

How is it working at Spirit? ›

Spirit Airlines has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 1,108 reviews left anonymously by employees. 70% of employees would recommend working at Spirit Airlines to a friend and 57% have a positive outlook for the business.

Does spirit pay their employees well? ›

The average Spirit Airlines salary ranges from approximately $29,592 per year for Coordinator to $158,642 per year for Counsel. Average Spirit Airlines hourly pay ranges from approximately $9.00 per hour for Supervisor to $57.45 per hour for iOS Developer.

Does Spirit make you pay to use the bathroom? ›

Actually Spirit passengers don't just pay for food. They have to pay for water and carry-on bags, which is often a shock for unprepared passengers. But seats and toilet access are completely free, Berry added. “If it's something you need as part of the flight, it's included.

Does spirit have 4 pay? ›

Pay for your next purchase at Spirit Airlines in 4 installments over 6 weeks when you check out with Zip, previously Quadpay.

Does Spirit give seat assignments? ›

Spirit will randomly assign you a seat at check-in for free, but we can't guarantee that you'll get to sit with your friends or family. You can purchase a seat assignment and choose the seat you really want. Seat assignments start at just $5 and vary according to specific routes and location in the aircraft.

Does Spirit have seat belt? ›

With a 36" pitch and 18.5" width - a full 6" of additional legroom compared to our standard Deluxe Leather seats - you'll be flying in comfort when you choose our BIG FRONT SEAT.
...
What is a BIG FRONT SEAT™?
Rows with inflatable seat belts
AircraftSeat Row
A3191, 4, 5 (D,E,F)
A320 (32A, 32N)1, 3, 12, 13
A321 (32B)1, 3

Why did you leave this job? ›

I'm looking to take on new responsibilities that my current role does not offer.” “My current role isn't using all of my skills, and I would like to find something more challenging.” “I took (or am looking for) a position closer to home.” “The job no longer felt fulling.”

How do 2 weeks pay work? ›

Biweekly pay describes when employees are paid every other week on a specific day of the week. For example, if you want to establish a biweekly pay schedule, you might choose to pay your employees every other Friday. Since every calendar year has 52 weeks, this results in a total of 26 paychecks per year.

Is biweekly pay better or worse? ›

Paycheck amounts

Because you run payroll less for semimonthly frequencies than biweekly, your employees' paychecks will be greater. Biweekly paychecks will be less money, but you will provide the two additional paychecks to make up the difference. Let's say an employee makes $42,000.00 per year.

Is weekly pay a good thing? ›

Generally speaking, employees prefer getting paid more frequently because it's the best alignment of work and earnings. Hourly employees, in particular, prefer getting paychecks weekly. Weekly payroll better matches an hourly employee's cash flow needs.

Does Spirit Halloween make a lot of money? ›

Spirit Halloween revenue is $1.1B annually. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found the following key financial metrics. Spirit Halloween has 5,000 employees, and the revenue per employee ratio is $220,000. Spirit Halloween peak revenue was $1.1B in 2021.

How old do you have to be to work for Spirit? ›

Facts About Working at Spirit Airlines

Hiring Age: 18 years old (How old do you have to be to work at Spirit Airlines?)

How do you become a spirit in Halloween? ›

Check out some of our favorite ideas below to spook yourself into the Halloween spirit!
  1. Have a scary movie night. ...
  2. Throw a costume party. ...
  3. Go to a haunted attraction. ...
  4. Tell ghost stories. ...
  5. Carve pumpkins. ...
  6. Do some decorating. ...
  7. Bake festive treats. ...
  8. Explore local legends.

Are there cameras in Spirit Halloween? ›

Yes, there are no towers/tags or cameras. Just make sure no employees see you conceal. As it gets closer to Halloween they will be more busy as well as understaffed and the stores get very messy.

Does Spirit Halloween take tap to pay? ›

Does Spirit Halloween accept contactless payments? Yes!

What should employees do for Halloween? ›

Here are 15 office ideas for Halloween:
  • Team costumes. Whether you're a team of two or twenty, you can dress up in team costumes for Halloween. ...
  • Office and cubicle decorations. ...
  • Pumpkin carving contest. ...
  • Costume contest and parade. ...
  • Themes. ...
  • Bobbing for apples. ...
  • Volunteer opportunity. ...
  • Bring food into the festivities.

Do Spirit Halloween employees get a discount online? ›

If you work at Spirit and wish to utilize your discount online, it's a bit complicated but doable. First, you order your items and pay at full price. Then you open up a live chat, call, or email with Spirit and ask to have your discount applied with your order number and employee number.

What are 3 traditions of Halloween? ›

Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and wearing scary costumes are some of the time-honored traditions of Halloween.

Does Spirit Halloween have clearance after Halloween? ›

Does Spirit Halloween have sales after Halloween? If you're wondering if seasonal stores like Spirit Halloween offer clearance deals, the answer is yes.

What is Halloween etiquette? ›

Halloween etiquette for Trick-or-Treaters:

If you want to receive treats, wear a costume or be prepared to perform a silly dance or song for your treat. Use sidewalks and pathways. Do not take shortcuts across lawns or through gardens. Ring the doorbell or knock on the door only once and wait patiently for a response.

Does a drug test mean you're hired? ›

If a company tests for drug use, it is most often part of the pre-employment screening process and would be required after the employer has offered the prospective employee a job, pending the results of the drug test. A failed drug test could result in the job offer being withdrawn.

Do you not get hired if you fail a drug test? ›

Can You Still Get Hired If You Fail a Drug Test? For the most part, no. If the test result is proven to be legitimate (especially after multiple retests), you will most likely lose your job. If drug testing was part of a screening application, the company will probably revoke your job offer.

What happens if you don't pass a drug test for a job interview? ›

In most cases, if you fail a pre-employment drug test, you will no longer be eligible for the job. Companies who require pre-employment drug tests must clearly state that the offer of employment is contingent upon a new hire passing a drug screening test. This will usually be stated in: The job posting.

What should you not bring up in an interview? ›

9 Things You Should Never Do on a Job Interview
  1. Be Clueless About the Company.
  2. Talk Too Soon About Money.
  3. Be Late (or Worse, Too Early)
  4. Forget Copies of Your Resume.
  5. Trash a Previous Employer.
  6. Lack Enthusiasm.
  7. Forget to Ask Questions.
  8. Talk Too Much.

Can you wear your hair down to an interview? ›

Down-Dos for Job Interviews

There are lots of reasons why a person might prefer to wear their hair down; anything from the length, maintenance, and face shape. If you do opt for a down-do for your job interview, make sure that no matter what, your hair is clean and not distracting.

What do Spirit Halloween employees wear? ›

Associates can wear basically anything they want as long as it's not vulgar or explicit.

How much does target pay an hour? ›

Hourly pay at Target Corporation ranges from an average of $11.90 to $21.89 an hour. Target Corporation employees with the job title Sr. Administrative Assistant make the most with an average hourly rate of $24.14, while employees with the title Cashier make the least with an average hourly rate of $12.98.

How much does Spirit Halloween pay in Florida 2022? ›

Average Spirit Halloween hourly pay ranges from approximately $8.56 per hour for Team Member to $16.06 per hour for Stocking Associate. The average Spirit Halloween salary ranges from approximately $20,000 per year for Sales Manager to $54,774 per year for District Sales Manager.

What are the benefits of working at Spirit Halloween? ›

We offer a fun, challenging, fast-paced and rewarding environment. Plus, Associates receive a 25% discount on merchandise, competitive salary and career advancement. District Sales Managers and Store Managers are also eligible for end of the season bonus opportunities.

How much does Spirit Halloween pay in MA? ›

How much does Spirit Halloween in Massachusetts pay? Average Spirit Halloween hourly pay ranges from approximately $10.58 per hour for Cashier/Sales to $14.88 per hour for Assistant Store Manager.

Does Spirit pay for training? ›

Also, do they provide a place to stay during the training? No, It's Paid Training and They provide your room and board.

Do you get a bonus for working on Halloween? ›

Additionally, there is nothing in the law that mandates an employer pay an employee a special premium for work performed on a holiday, Saturday, or Sunday, other than the overtime premium required for work performed in excess of eight hours in a workday or 40 hours in a workweek.

Does Spirit Halloween have tap to pay? ›

Does Spirit Halloween accept contactless payments? Yes!

How much does spirit discount after Halloween? ›

According to Kiley Harris, a senior associate of Binder Partners which represents Spirit Halloween, the company opened a record 1,450 stores in 2022, to meet growing consumer demand. Over the next couple days, the "everything Halloween" pop-up stores will offer 25% and 50% sales until closing for the season on Nov.

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