Let’s make no bones about it — shady Halloween hedonists are taking a jab at folks who are refusing to get the jab.
Armed with skeleton props, gravestones and sassy signage, pro-vaxxers are getting into the spooky holiday spirit by decorating the front lawns of their homes in a macabre motif aimed at mocking anti-vaxxers.
“I did my own research,” reads a cardboard gravestone that’s stationed next to a skull. Behind the freaky fixture is a makeshift headstone in the shape of a cross that says, “DEAD. But not a SHEEP!”
The cheeky display is a gag inspired by the ongoing hesitancy some feel about the safety and efficacy of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.
The quotes used to punctuate the prickly presentation are some of the common protests pledged by the approximate 120 million adult Americans who have not been immunized.
And the waggish wave of anti-shot shaming is going viral.
TikTokker @LindaMcAfee’s tongue-in-cheek trimmings featured a ghoulish arrangement of skeletons popping out of their grassy graves, holding picket signs that read: “I don’t know what’s in it,” and “Government Conspiracy.”
The droll layout amassed a gobsmacking 2.9 million views.
On Twitter, snaps of front yards garnished in grim tableaux with dead bodies donning “I Didn’t Get Vaccinated” signs and tombstones reading “I trust my own immune system” are trending.
And attorney Jesse Jones from Raleigh, North Carolina, is making news headlines for adorning his home’s walkway with a 13-foot-tall skeleton wearing a sign that reads: “Not vaccinated — See you soon idiots!”
But the puckish craze is being demonized as an insensitive slap in the face to the millions who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
“Completely bad taste,” one Halloween decoration detractor tweeted. “Anti-vaxxers drive me nuts but this is not appropriate. There’s a lot of grieving families out there,” wrote another.
While these crude ornamentations are considered insensitive by some, much less controversial pandemic-themed decorations are killing it this Halloween, too.
Hilariously haunting scenes featuring skeletons on a Zoom work call, attempting the dangerous #CrateChallenge or dressed in nurse scrubs administering a nasal COVID-19 test to ossified patients are also all the rage amid the frightening festivities.