Home Depot pulls Halloween decoration after voyeurism complaint

A woman complained that instead of being hilarious and fun, the ‘Scary Peeper Creeper’ decoration actually makes fun of voyeurism.
A woman complained that instead of being hilarious and fun, the ‘Scary Peeper Creeper’ decoration actually makes fun of voyeurism. (Photo courtesy Home Depot Canada)

Halloween is coming and it’s time for hilarity and mayhem to ensue in the form of scary costumes, decorations and pranks.

One scary decoration may have gone too far and was pulled from the shelves of a Home Depot store in Markham, Ont. A woman complained that instead of being hilarious and fun, the ‘Scary Peeper Creeper’ decoration actually makes fun of voyeurism, which is a crime under the Canadian Criminal Code.

Voyeurism is secretly observing or filming a person in a circumstance in which they expect privacy, such as in their home. It’s also seen as a form of sexual violence, often directed against women.

Breanne Hunt-Wells claims that this decoration is not funny, telling CBC Radio’s Metro Morning that the decoration is, "inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society."

The decoration, which has suction cups that allows a person to mount it outside a window, displays the hooded life-like face of a man who is cupping his face as if to creepily stare into a window, in peeping Tom style.

Through the decoration is no longer featured on Home Depot’s Canadian website, it still up on their American website, which describes the Scary Peeper Creeper as a “hanging window prop,” designed to, “. . .freak out trick-or-treaters during Halloween or mount him facing in to scare unsuspecting guests at your Halloween party.”

The manufacturer's of the Scary Peeper Creeper have actually put out a video to demonstrate the hanging decoration’s power to make people jump with fright:

Home Depot also received complaints saying that the Scary Peeper reminded people of Canadian serial killer Paul Bernardo.

The company plans to remove the decoration from all of its Canadian stores.

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