When it comes to decorating your home for Halloween, you either go all out or you don’t. Adorning your home with spooky ghosts, scary clowns, and frightening lights is what the holiday is all about. Children love seeing homes decorated to the nines on Halloween. From gigantic spiders crawling down high apartment buildings to a home devoted to The Pumpkin King, it is amazing what people come up with when it comes to decorating for Halloween. However, Halloween decorations can be a little too frightening, even for adults. One specific Halloween decoration had to be pulled from stores for being way too scary.
The “Scary Creeper Peeper” Halloween decoration sold at Home Depot, in Canada, had to be pulled from stores after one woman said it “makes light of predatory behavior against women.” In fact, the decoration, which is meant to look like a “peeping Tom,” was so realistic that people demanded its removal. When you take a look at it, it looks totally real. The decoration is meant to hang outside a person’s window and features a suction cup to easily mount the scary face. It features a very creepy looking white male in a red hood peering through a window with furrowed brows and a full-sized head, face, and hands. For only $29, you can scare the heck out of a lot of people.
According to the description on Home Depot, the peeper decoration is “perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year.” So if you don’t want to scare your girlfriend only on Halloween, why not frighten her on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other day of the year?
The decoration scared one woman from Toronto so much that she contacted CBC News about it. After spotting the decoration, Breanne Hunt-Wells, a mother of two, felt that the decoration downplayed the severity of voyeurism, which is a serious crime in Canada. She also said she “failed to see the humor” in the decoration.
After the issue was brought up to Home Depot, the home improvement giant removed the prop from all its stores in Canada. “We agree that this is not in line with our core values, and when we heard, took immediate action and are currently in the process of removing this product from our assortment,” a Home Depot spokesperson told CBC. “We’ve reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We’re sorry for any offense that was caused.” However, you can still buy it at Home Depot stores in the United States and online.
Even the creators of Scary Peeper, who are located in North Carolina, reached out to Hunt-Wells and apologized. “We at Scary Peeper would never, ever, condone any type of violence,” the owners told Fortune in a statement. “Our intention for this product is for it to be used as a fun-spirited prank. We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has been offended by our products, and certainly, to those who have been victimized by voyeurs.”
“I would say to people that say ‘it’s just a joke’ there are a lot of things in our society that have been just a joke over time,” Hunter-Wells added. “Racial jokes, cultural jokes. It takes some talking and thinking to realize that maybe we need to be more sensitive. The people that commit this crime are not harmless people.”
If you’re still interested in giving a loved one a heart attack, you can order the Scary Peeper online and on the company’s website. The official site even has a video of how easy it is to mount the “peeping Tom” and actual video of a young girl getting spooked by it as she walks into her room. This Halloween decoration is extremely unsettling, so be warned before you think it’s a good idea to purchase one and scare someone.