Cheyenne, WY

Spirit Halloween has taken over Big Lots original Cheyenne location this year!

Optopolis

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Spirit Halloween Banners hang on the once-occupied-by-Big Lots tenant -Optopolis

Animatronics and setup

Inside, you will find many animatronics setup in the display called "Halloween Factory." Included at the Cheyenne Spirit this year are Mr. Howl; Henry Hustle, Sitting Scarecrow, Buzzsaw, and Grim; Sam; and Harvester of Souls, Wacky Mole, and Evelyn Leech. All of these animatronics are displayed at various parts of this 'factory.' You can see them pictured below:

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Various Animatronics at Spirit Halloween in Cheyenne, WY -Optopolis
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Mr. Howl Animatronic in front of the Halloween Factory -Optopolis

History of this space

This tenant was built as part of the Cheyenne Plaza in 1981, apparently being occupied originally by some kind of grocery or drug store (if you know what stores were here originally, comment below). By 2001, it was occupied by MacFrugal's, a bargain brand bought out by Big Lots just in the late 90s. By 2002, it was rebranded to a Big Lot's.

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Big Lots when it was in this space in 2019 -Optopolis

In 2019, Big Lots decided to move to a new location for a larger space in the Parkway Plaza in half of what was a Hobby Lobby that also relocated. It opened on September 26th of that year.

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Big Lot's new location on the other side of the parking lot called Parkway Plaza -Optopolis

In 2020, this space was used for the Delta Kappa Gamma Annual Used Book Sale, bringing in a greater amount of traffic than usual to this area.

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Inside DKG Annual Used Book Sale on the first of two days -Optopolis

Previous locations of Spirit Halloween in Cheyenne

Spirit Halloween is one of many seasonal pop up stores and one of the few that typically opens in Cheyenne each year. They opened in Cheyenne's Sears in 2018 after its closure at the start of that same year.

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Spirit Halloween in the former Sears at Frontier Mall in 2018 -Optopolis

They also occupied the Hollywood Video in 2011 and the third Kmart in 2019 and 2020.

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Spirit Halloween 2011 in former Hollywood Video [Left] || Spirit Halloween 2019 in former BIG Kmart [Right] -Google Maps Street View [Left] || The Retail Photographer [Right]

They even occupied Cheyenne's former Sports Authority in 2017 after their closure in 2016!

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A photo of Cheyenne's Sports Authority during the closing sale in 2016 -Optopolis

See the Animatronics (and store) in action!

You can see even more of what this year's Spirit Halloween and also view the animatronics in full action by checking out this YouTube video below:

What is your favorite thing to shop for at Spirit Halloween!? Let's chat in the comments!

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