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October 27, 2012 8:41 AM

BBB: Buying from pop-up Halloween stores requires caution

They haunt shopping centers every fall, filling vacant buildings with their ghostly merchandise. Temporary Halloween stores are a retailing success that first began in the late 1980s. They started to flourish during the next decade and today they are a major player in the annual holiday commerce that surrounds our Halloween celebration. In 1999, the retail chain Spirit Halloween, which is now owned by Spencer Gifts, ran 63 temporary stores. By last year the number had grown to 970 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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