Sep 7, 2023 - News

Meet Alfred, the 12-foot Skelly

Three photos of a 12-foot skeleton dressed for different seasons — springtime flowers, winter lights and a summer swim

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Shealy

Halloween enthusiasts are extending the holiday by weeks and months — and in some cases year-round — with giant skeleton decorations, Axios' Kelly Tyko reports.

The big picture: The 12-foot skeletons, known as Skellys, are moving into more neighborhoods, being named by owners and amassing large wardrobes.

  • The craze kicked off when Home Depot introduced the decoration in 2020. It costs $299 and is constantly sold out online.

The intrigue: Columbus' Katie Shealy spoke to Tyko about her Skelly — known as Alfred in her Northcrest neighborhood — which will soon attend her wedding in a homemade top hat.

Yes, but: Not everyone is thrilled about their new year-round neighbors.

  • An HOA request to take down her skeleton helped inspire Shealy to make Alfred a permanent resident.
  • Alfred debuted last fall wearing Ugg boots and holding a pumpkin spice latte, and has since been decorated for many holidays.

What she's saying: "He changes ... with the seasons," Shealy says. "Since he's a holiday decoration, they haven't been able to pinpoint a specific thing that would require me to take it down."


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