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Spirit Halloween opening 1,400 stores nationwide amid coronavirus pandemic

Here's where you can find the Spirit Halloween store closest to you.
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Spirit Halloween is opening more than 1,400 stores across the United States in 2020.

CLEVELAND — Are you getting excited for Halloween?

We know the spooky season is still several months away, but Spirit Halloween is preparing to open its 1,400 stores nationwide. Some stores – including a handful in Northeast Ohio – are scheduled to open as early as Aug. 8.

“It’s been a challenging year, but we promise to keep the Halloween spirit alive," the company said.

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Spirit Halloween’s return comes amid rumors the seasonal store chain would remain closed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those rumors began circulating several months ago when thousands of people shared a fake post that declared Spirit Halloween would not be opening in 2020, but company officials set the record straight in June.

“Well, don’t worry, the rumors aren’t true,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “We are back and we got this covered.”

RELATED: Spirit Halloween rejects 2020 closure rumor, company says stores will open nationwide soon

Spirit Halloween has already revealed some of its 2020 products, including multiple new animatronics, costumes and creepy decorations.

Spirit's opening comes as some Halloween events have already canceled their 2020 events amid COVID-19 concerns, including HalloWeekends at Cedar Point. The Sandusky amusement park has revealed a new Halloween event -- known as the "Tricks and Treats Fall Fest" -- will replace the traditional HalloWeekends. Also canceled for this year's Halloween season: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Kennywood amusement park’s Phantom Fright Nights and Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls.

For those of you keeping track, Halloween falls on a Saturday this year -- the same weekend we "fall back" for Daylight Saving Time. Oh, and there's also a full moon expected that weekend, too.

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