This Inflatable Walmart Decoration Is Adorable. And A Murder Scene!

We’re trying to figure out who this inflatable crime scene is meant for. With its puffy cuteness, built in lights, and “castle” style walls, it looks like it would be a perfect entrance to a backyard Halloween party for kids. But with its “crime scene noises” and someone-is-being-murdered vibe, it seems more appropriate at a celebration for short police academy graduates. Either way, it can be yours for $125 and a relinquishing of any sense of good taste. [Update: this post is meant humorously—I belly-laughed when I first saw the product.]

Airblown Inflatable Light Show Scene [Walmart] (Thanks to Paul!)


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  1. iliveinyoureyelid says:

    I think it’s awesome!

    When did the Consumerist turn into the moral majority?

  2. joemono says:

    We’re trying to figure out who this inflatable crime scene is meant for.


    • joemono says:

      @joemono: Or if I weren’t stupid, I’d have said “People at Halloween parties.” Which you pointed out in your blurb.

      Could you guys go ahead and make a list of what devilish things are appropriate for Halloween and what aren’t? That way we can reference it every year when we’re trying to figure out how to parent our children. Thanks.

    • Osiris4 says:


      See the problem with this logic is that it’s clearly intended for Christmas, what with the creep and all. Haven’t you heard? Christmas decorations. Everywhere. The way every case is documented around here, the thought of there being a season-specific ornament on display is…well…frightening. /sarcasm

    • springboks says:

      @joemono: Defiantly Halloween! If the murderer resembled an extremist group (Taliban, Hezbollah or that ilk) then this would be a debate.

      Standard issue murderer with yellow murder tape, perfectly American and acceptable for Halloween.

  3. mbz32190 says:

    This is the dumbest article I have read on the Consumerist. It’s obviously just a (expensive, tacky) halloween decoration. What else would it be for?

  4. redandjonny says:

    Its cool… but its not $125 cool.

    • thekidslepthere says:

      @redandjonny: It will be awesome when I pick it up for probably $40 the day after Halloween, throw it in my attic for the next eleven months, then set it up on my lawn.

  5. RAREBREED says:


  6. Griff431 says:

    Annnnnnnnnd? I think our friend Chris Walters is trying a BIT to hard to find controversy. Seriously. This is Halloween! The time of blood, guts, horror, and being looked up upon for scaring little kids!

    • magic8ball says:

      @Griff431: I could be wrong, but I think the article is supposed to be humorous, rather than controversial.

      • Griff431 says:

        “relinquishing of any sense of good taste.”

        I get the feeling its not…

        • camille_javal says:

          @Griff431: unless you enjoy mocking and lacking at overpriced products that seem to edge over the line into poor taste.

          I think far too many people are implying that Chris Walters is out to start a letter-writing campaign, as opposed to saying, “what the fuck?”

          it’s like this halloween costume – is it inappropriate and crossing into poor taste? Probably. Is it one of the most hilariously awful things I’ve ever seen, and I look it up every year, like a bizarre Halloween tradition? Yes. May it never, ever go off the market – []

    • agnamus says:

      @Griff431: Dude, you’re so gonna get banned. Given the arbitrary and capricious nature of the commenter code, I’ll give you like an hour before you’re silenced. This is not a consumerocracy.

  7. ninabi says:

    Maybe I’ll get it and put it up at Easter. All it needs is one ketchup stained stuffed rabbit.

  8. kidnextdoor says:

    wow. ditto on all the above comments…

  9. NotYou007 says:

    I don’t even think it’s cool but its purpose is pretty obvious.

  10. Obviously, the real problem here is that the silhouette in the doorway is clearly holding his stabbing knife wrong. I mean, seriously, I’ve never murdered helpless people in a back-alley while holding my knife upside down!! Sheesh, if I ever did, boy, would my face be red.

  11. jamesdenver says:

    You’re kidding me. 125 for a pile inflatable garbage?

    I never knew how much inflatables cost – Dios Mios who would spend their hard earned money on something so ridiculous.

  12. Mr.SithNinja says:

    Wow! I can’t believe that Consumerist even went so far as to tag this under “Inappropriate”. Who are you to dictate what people should and shouldn’t put up for their Halloween decorations?

  13. brianala says:

    Can we say “Dexter” cosplay, anyone?

  14. downwithmonstercable says:

    Isn’t this the same company that’s all uptight about questionable lyrics and scantily clad models on magazines?

    Also, $125 for a crap inflatable toy is a crime in itself. I bet that thing pops the first instant some crazy kid jumps on it.

  15. DocWha says:

    Is $125 supposed to be a “killer deal?” (Haw haw haw…)

  16. homerjay says:

    Oh posting quotas- won’t you please go away?

    I think the most important question here is: Who hangs a shower curtain in front of their front door?

  17. The_IT_Crone says:

    I would totally get that for my birthday party if it wasn’t $125.

    But seriously. It’s for HALLOWEEN. Is that any worse than most Haunted House setup/decorations? It’s merely… updated…

  18. Mr.SithNinja says:

    The more I think about this the more it irrites me. I thought this site was about protecting consumer rights, not bashing consumers who buy stuff that the “journalist” (and I use that term VERY loosley here) writing the post considers to be tacky.

    “Either way, it can be yours for $125 and a relinquishing of any sense of good taste.”

    Really?? Do you feel that follows in the spirt of what this site is supposed to be about??

  19. WEGGLES90 says:

    It does seem a bit explicit, but nothing outrageously out of hand.

  20. GillianDawli says:

    Walmart’s website shows “Not Sold Online” and “Not Sold in Stores” on the product page.

  21. Chill out, guys and gals. It’s meant to be a humorous post. This isn’t the 700 Club and I didn’t write that people who buy this are going to hell.

    For those of you who are so offended that I think it’s tacky: I personally don’t think it’s appropriate for kids because it trivializes real-world crime–and this comes from a guy who loves horror and who slow-mo’s gory fx in movies to *really* appreciate them. Put your kid in a monster costume if s/he likes monsters, or go with Pinhead or Freddy if s/he’s old enough to have seen those movies, but don’t make actual crime into a playtime.

    On the flip side, at 78″ high it’s *almost* the right height for an adult Halloween party, which I have no problem with because adults ostensibly can tell real world right from wrong. But you can see from the photo that the doorway is only a little over 5′ tall, which makes it unsuitable for adults. And yet, at $125 it’s hard to say that this is a cheap purchase, so you’d expect it to be more appropriately sized for grown ups if that’s the market.

    So again, who’s it for? Kids? Short adults? Of all the spooky and monstrous Halloween themes you can pick, why go with one that mimics a real-life murder so closely?

    Meh, maybe I’m overreacting. But those of you who are all indignant that I’m trying to kill Halloween with my sense of morality, please take a deep breath. I’m a proud gore-lovin’, porn watchin’, cultural conservative hatin’, gay redneck-raised atheist. Asking about the inherent meaning of a piece of pop culture detritus isn’t necessarily PC nonsense.

    ..Oh, and PLEASE KILL THE “QUOTA” COMMENTS. We don’t post to hit quotas. If I can’t find anything worth posting, I simply don’t post until something good comes up. On the other hand, we all try very hard to vary the nature of our posts–and lately I’ve been looking for sillier content to offset the depressing stream of finance-related news. Try to realize that if a post doesn’t appeal to you or you can’t figure out why it’s on Consumerist, one of two things is the case:

    1. Your view of what should be on the site doesn’t correlate 100% with the editorial slant; or
    2. The person who posted it made a decision to put up some content that just doesn’t fit as well as you (or sometimes s/he, in retrospect) would like.

  22. Kekaha says:

    Why does The Consumerist point out things that are available at Wal-Mart? Yesterday they had one of their items under Deals of the Day. I am surprised at the number of readers that are very familiar with everything in the store.

    Here’s the deal: Wal-Mart doesn’t care how much you whine about them as long as you keep on going in and giving them your money.

    STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART!!! I haven’t shopped there in years. I live on a small pension and it costs me not to shop there but they are bad for the country and bad for your community.


  23. AgentTuttle says:

    Ahh yes, the OJ Simpson Halloween play set for when you’re feelin’ stabby.

  24. evilcharity says:

    I enjoy pissing off my dumb ass neighbors so, if this thing was say, $50 I’d be all over it.

  25. VRWC says:

    Here we go with the Walmart-bashing again…

    I’m beginning to wonder if Consumerist takes donations from labor unions?

  26. battra92 says:

    I absolutely HATE Halloween. Honestly, if I had my way it would be wiped free from the face of the earth.

  27. wickedpixel says:

    i want one

  28. dakotad555 says:

    “So again, who’s it for? Kids? Short adults?”

    I thought it was pretty obvious this was intended for dwarf Haloween parties. I think it’s appaling that there is no sensativity to the very real need for dwarf related inflatible crime scenes.

  29. B says:

    That is one sweet looking Christmas decoration.

  30. "I Like Potatoes" says:

    I think it’s great – that way when the neighbor kills his wife and there is crime scene tape in front of his house, the kids won’t be so freaked out about it. After all, their family puts up a funny crime scene every year for Halloween! Hilarious!

  31. dukegreene says:

    Why is there “CRIME SCENE” tape on the scene of a crime in progress??

    Maybe the silhouetted killer is an off-duty police officer committing the perfect untraceable murder. Dirty cop? Ties to the mob? Cover up?

    Perhaps he’s a zombie homeowner-slash-botched robbery victim, removing the knife from his shoulder after the CSI photogs have left. That would explain the grip.

    Or maybe all the officers in there are doomed and it’s all because some rookie didn’t clear a room properly.

    Either way, it’s good to see Wal Mart carrying a non-Christmas themed item for a change.

  32. HalOfBorg says:

    That would look GREAT in front of my Halloween porch! At least back when I DID them….. (see pic linked)

    The damn change in daylight savings screwed Halloween for me. IT’S STILL LIGHT OUT for ‘Trick-Or-Treat’!

    You have no idea how many kids and parents have told me how much they miss my porch. I would simply decorate but I have good stuff and I know it would get stolen.

  33. BiZarRroBALlmeR says:

    Cool, knife wielding murderer include.

  34. azntg says:

    I wonder if we’ll ever hear of a news from somewhere in the United States that police officers approached what looked like a murder-in-progress with guns drawn, only to find out that it was an inflatable decoration and that nobody was in danger.

    @HalOfBorg: Those are some nice decorations for ’05.

  35. Meathamper says:

    Is this an official Dexter toy?

  36. This is so going in my office

  37. redkamel says:

    that is kinda creepy…

    most halloween decorations run in the vein of ghost/witch/monster etc not “semi realistic murder in progress”.

  38. UnicornMaster says:

    Is there a CSI costume to go with it? Can I be Gil Grissom?

  39. Hongfiately says:

    Can you buy me this?

    [Titanic Party Slide]

  40. gonz says:

    Ever see the inflatable Walmart store front? Thats scary.

  41. MarianNanget says:

    This goes beautifully with another real WalMart product – the giant inflatable mug of beer and what appears to be a big piece of poop that I saw recently on someone’s blog:

  42. captadam says:

    Wait, why is the murderer still there doing his deed after the crime scene tape was put up? The cops aren’t doing their jobs.

  43. AbbySlug says:

    Actually, it’s not a murder scene at all, but a suicide. A really poorly executed suicide.

  44. dewsipper says:

    I thought it was a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” for the peeps who just moved in next door.

  45. HogwartsAlum says:

    I think it’s tacky and way overpriced, but it made me laugh.

    I love Halloween. :)

  46. I was a little “wtf” when I saw the picture. I certainly wouldn’t buy this for my Halloween party unless all anticipated attendees were at least 15-16, and even then I’d debate it. And TBH I see things like this as a massive waste of resources.

    Should we really be buying things like this in our economic times? Seems to me you could accomplish the same thing with a sheet from goodwill, some cardboard, Grey/Black/Red paint, and a little creativity and elbow grease :)

  47. Saboth says:

    I think it is rather original. Tired of the same old smiling pumpkins and happy witch decorations. Halloween is supposed to be scary.

  48. brianala says:

    >>But you can see from the photo that the doorway is only a little over 5′ tall, which makes it unsuitable for adults.

    As a vertically-challenged American, I am offended by this. I bite my thumb at you, sir.

  49. davere says:

    Heh, the blood stains are free blood photoshop brushes available for download by anyone. I wonder if the artist was compensated for this commercial product.

    • shini says:

      @davere: If they wanted to be compensated then they would be selling the brushes. Since they’re just giving them away for free that must mean they don’t want any kind of compensation, right? Right?

      And I mean, it’s just an artist, they’re supposed to starve.

  50. Doublenix says:

    I don’t know what it is meant for, but I’m definitely putting it on my porch for Halloween this year. Hopefully it will make the bad kids think twice before knocking on my door. MWAHAHHAHHAH! :P

  51. nidolke says:

    You stay Classy, Wal-mart.

  52. TechnoDestructo says:

    Look Daddy, I’m a torso!

  53. CyrilKeenan says:
  54. Bruce says:

    Well, since it’s from Mal*Wart, it’s probably recommended for ages 3 and up.