Mother of three berates Woolworths for its ‘inappropriate’ Halloween decorations after her kids were left terrified – so do you agree?
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A mother of three has berated Woolworths for its ‘inappropriate’ Halloween decoration after her children were frightened when they saw a skull figure floating near the flesh trail.
The shopper, from Western Australia, said her family was greeted with a large black figure with a skeletal face and fingers hanging from the ceiling over Halloween-themed lollipops and sweet snacks.
The mother said her children were so terrified that they asked if they could leave.
“The decorations don’t match, can’t you just clear a spot or something?” she posted on Woolworths’ Facebook group.
“Mine said ‘let’s go to IGA, they don’t have scary decorations’… Does anyone else have a problem with their kids when the decorations come out?”
A mother of three has berated Woolworths for its ‘inappropriate’ Halloween decoration after her children were frightened when they saw a skull figure floating near the flesh path
The shopper said her family was greeted with a large black figure with a skeletal face and fingers hanging from the ceiling over Halloween-themed lollipops and sweet snacks
The mother praised the supermarket for rolling out ‘Quiet Hour’ – a low-sensory initiative designed to help reduce anxiety and stress in customers with specific needs, including autism, so they can shop in a calmer and quieter environment.
But be aware that the Halloween display would not provide a pleasant environment for shoppers with specific needs.
“Glad you have a quiet hour, but this isn’t helping at all,” she said.
In a statement to the Daily Mail Australia, a Woolworths spokesperson said: “We have passed this feedback on to the store team, who have since adapted the display.
“Our store teams love helping customers celebrate a range of events throughout the year and we encourage them to get in the festive spirit by decorating their store ahead of parties like Halloween,” he said.
“We want all customers to feel comfortable and welcome in our stores, and we appreciate this customer’s feedback about the decorations in her local store.”
The Halloween themed figure hung from the ceiling around the area with fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (file image)
In 2019 Woolworths introduced ‘Quiet Hour’ – a low-sensory initiative designed to help reduce anxiety and stress in customers with specific needs, including autism, so they can shop in a calmer and quieter environment
After sharing her experience on social media, many agreed with the mother.
“I think a dedicated section would be better – isn’t that what they’ve done in the past? I also think it’s a bit tacky and inappropriate at the moment,” one person wrote.
Another mother agreed, saying, “Yeah, it’s not good to have scary decorations — it gives my kids nightmares.”
While one added: ‘Couldn’t agree more! This US based thing has gotten out of hand. Check the ones in Kmart – they’re worse! I was scared to death and I’m in my 60s. They would definitely give a child nightmares.’
However, not everyone agreed with her.
“It’s October. Many, many places have decorations, including people’s homes and properties. Maybe keep the kids at home for a month if they’re afraid of this kind of display,” said one man.
Another mother wrote: ‘My daughter was always terrified of Santa Claus, maybe Christmas should have been canceled for the past 11 years just to fit her in? Please leave the decorations up, we’ve had about *** years and seeing the decorations is a nice distraction.
While someone added: ‘If only there was a forewarning of this event. Like giving it the same date every year or something. Hmm wonder if anyone has thought of that before.’