Home Depot teases 12-foot skeleton, new ‘companion’ 7 months before Halloween

(NEXSTAR) — Much like that one set of neighbors who lives down the street, Home Depot is debuting its Halloween decorations entirely too early.

The powers that be at Home Depot — who are highly aware that Easter hasn’t even occurred yet — are already previewing the upcoming offerings from the company’s 2024 Halloween lineup, which includes an “improved” 12-foot skeleton and several of his gruesome new friends.

“This is the earliest we have ever announced any of our Halloween products. We wanted to share what is coming for our Halloween superfans,” a Home Depot spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. “Decorating for Halloween is a yearlong journey to find the best décor and plan their expansive displays for the spookiest time of the year.”

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Among this year’s offerings is of course “Skelly,” the ever-popular 12-foot skeleton decoration that routinely sells out ahead of Halloween. This latest version of Skelly is also said to be “new and improved,” with eight additional settings for his LCD eyes, according to a Home Depot product sheet shared with Nexstar.

As announced on Instagram last week, Skelly will have new a “companion” available for purchase, too: a 5-foot “Skeleton Dog” with similar LCD eyes.

(Product photos courtesy of Home Depot)

Home Depot is also teasing six other new-for-2024 characters, some of whom aren't completely free of flesh:

a 7-foot animatronic Frankenstein’s monster which plays “iconic lines from the Frankenstein movie” a 7.5-foot animatronic “Plague Doctor” programmed to utter “three unique phrases” a 10-foot “Murderous Maple” with light-up facial features a 9-foot “Lord Dullahan” headless (skeleton) horseman, naturally atop a skeleton horse a 6-foot animatronic “Captain Cuts” pirate with “five dynamic movement and five phrases” a 6-foot “Jack of Spades” described as a “card-playing skeleton” with motion sensors and “seasonal phrases.”
Home Depot is previewing its Halloween offerings with more than 7 months to go until the holiday. (Product photos courtesy of Home Depot; Photo illustration by Nexstar. Nexstar's photo illustrations are not meant to portray the relative scale of the products.)Home Depot is previewing its Halloween offerings with more than 7 months to go until the holiday. (Product photos courtesy of Home Depot; Photo illustration by Nexstar. Nexstar's photo illustrations are not meant to portray the relative scale of the products.)Home Depot is previewing its Halloween offerings with more than 7 months to go until the holiday. (Product photos courtesy of Home Depot; Photo illustration by Nexstar. Nexstar's photo illustrations are not meant to portray the relative scale of the products.)
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“This year we increased our realism within the animatronics category, created some impressive, licensed characters and even brought back some fan favorites,” Lance Allen, Home Depot’s senior merchant of decorative holiday, said of this year’s lineup. “Overall, we are most proud of the quality and value we are able to bring to our customers with these pieces so they can continue to grow their collections.”

Aside from confirming that Skelly will be sold for the “consistent price” of $299, Home Depot has yet to disclose complete pricing information for the rest of its upcoming Halloween items. Representatives for Home Depot’s PR team also neglected to mention whether the decorations will be available to purchase anytime, or if your neighbors will be forced to wait until after Memorial Day to put a homicidal maple tree on their lawn.

"We can't confirm any official launch dates, but make sure to follow our social channels for more information about our Halloween assortment launch this summer," the company wrote on Instagram.

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