There is a profound difference between spooky-scary and scary-scary, a lesson that Home Depot is currently learning the hard way after offering a Peeping Tom Halloween decoration that hits way too close to home for some.
Spooky-scary is like the scarecrow you set up in the yard and drape with cobwebs, or the mummy that pops out of a coffin on your porch when trick-or-treaters least expect it. But Home Depot’s “Scary Peeper Creeper” could be just downright frightening, especially for anyone who’s ever had to face a Peeping Tom situation in real life: it’s got suction cups so it can be mounted outside someone’s window, and features the full-sized head, face, and hands of a leering, hooded man with realistic features.
Home Depot’s website describes the decoration as “perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year.”
But at least one customer found it to be too realistic to be fun, CBC reports (h/tAJC.com), and contacted Home Depot after she spotted the item in a store. She says the Creeper is “inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society.”