‘Why can’t you get more Skellies?’ Social media explodes when Home Depot immediately sells out of Halloween prop

We may be just weeks into the spring season, but it’s never too early for some to be already thinking about Halloween.

And fans of the spooky fall holiday with its tricks and treats had a boost to their anticipation with an early release of some Halloween props and decorations. But the early roll-out of Home Depot’s line of products, including the hugely popular 12-foot tall skeleton known as Skelly, has sparked criticism as well as excitement.

The home improvement chain announced a “#CodeOrange” on its social media platforms with an early Halloween sale that featured the viral SKelly as well as Skelly’s 5-foot-tall, 7-foot-long dog, the Deadwood Inferno Skeleton, and Frankenstein’s Monster.

“We are happy to see the customers’ reactions and enthusiasm for the Halfway to Halloween and #CodeOrange event…we are excited to lean into it and enjoy the fandom alongside them,” Tyler Pelfrey, Home Depot’s manager of brand communications, told Fox Business.

“Our Halfway to Halloween sale is for our most dedicated customers, the Halloween super fans. For them, building upon their Halloween collection isn’t a seasonal task, it is a year-round journey,” he added.

“Since his debut in 2020, Skelly and his friends have been growing in popularity, and we wanted to give our customers multiple opportunities to get their hands on these innovative items,” Pelfrey said.

Customers were scooping up the skeleton and other items as quickly as Home Depot made them available. On social media, they celebrated their successful shopping stints and lamented the items that quickly went out of stock.

The Halfway to Halloween event also had plenty of critics who were not into the six-month advance shopping opportunity.


Spirit Halloween, Amazon and halloweencostumes.com sell Halloween items year round. Target, Lowes and a few other retailers are currently offering some Halloween items on their websites.

Frieda Powers

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