NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The scariest part of Halloween shopping isn't the pop-up stores full of movie tie-ins and slutty tollbooth collector costumes dotting the nation's half-dead shopping centers, but the tombstones of retailers past hidden by their temporary tarp-banners.
Halloween is about as good a time as any to take U.S. retail's pre-holiday temperature. For some unfortunate retailers, the result comes back as cold as a corpse. Even as the National Association of Realtors predicts retail vacancy rates will improve from 12% to 11% this year, some stores just aren't cutting it.
We took a look around the nation's strip malls and indoor shopping plazas to find the companies most likely to have left logos scarred onto Halloween pop-up stores. The shop windows are filled with cobwebs and grim reapers, but the costume and novelty stores inside are haunted by the ghosts of shopping seasons past:
Stores closed or closing this year: 60 If you're convinced supermarkets just keep the same candy corn and candy pumpkins around from year to year, the failed stores of the SuperValu franchise are about to let you test theory. Citing falling profits and increased competition, SuperValu decided to lose some of its 4,400-store glut this year. Abandoned supermarkets may fall even below Halloween-store standards, but getting some of SuperValu's stale seasonal items in the deal could make pop-ups into one-stop shopping.