FLINT TWP. — It’s that time of year when a few vacant buildings become haunted houses of Halloween with the opening of temporary stores and the first flush of seasonal employment.
Halloween City, formerly Halloween USA, is located this year at 3426 Miller Rd., formerly Lapeer Furniture & Mattress.
Less than a mile away, Spirit Halloween has set up shop at 3630 Miller Rd., tucked into the Buick City Center behind Best Buy.
Halloween City is accepting online job applications for several positions including managers and Halloween specialists whose job will be to sell customers the latest and scariest Halloween costumes and accessories.
Halloween City will hire more than 12,000 temporary associates this year, according to its website. The company started in 1981 with two stores and now operates more than 400 stores in 24 states. It is part of the Party City Retail Group. a division of Amscan Holdings of Livonia.
“We literally are a -Store In A Box,’’ according to the website. “All fixtures, com- puter systems, supplies, and a good portion of merchandise actually come on 1-2 trailers. Just add people.”
Spirit Halloween, a division of Spencer Gifts, LLC, has been serving Halloween devotees for over 25 years, The local store opened Sept. 1 and for now will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Staff, including district sales managers, store managers, assistant store managers and sales associates, get a 25 percent discount off store merchandise and an opportunity to be rehired every year, according to its website.
Spirit Halloween stores generally operate from Labor Day through Nov. 1.
With the doors open and 53 days until Halloween, there’s plenty of time to shop.