There's a werewolf stalking a neighborhood in Piqua, Ohio … at least for now.
Phil is a nearly 10-foot-tall plastic werewolf that Mary Simmons has decided needs to keep lookout outside her home all year, not just for Halloween. He's currently clad in red, white and blue patriotic clothing while carrying American flags. She's planning to swap that out for beachwear after July 4.
But not all of her neighbors appreciate Phil. Local television station WHIO reports that the city sent her notice to remove the "seasonal decoration," but on Facebook Simmons says that Phil isn't going anywhere.
"He's kind of become my house mascot," Simmons told another local TV station, WKEF. "I kind of look at it as a security thing. Who wants to break into a house with a 9.5-foot werewolf sitting outside of it? I know I wouldn't."
City officials told WKEF it has no plans to force Simmons to take it down.
The werewolf decoration was introduced by retailer Home Depot in 2022 as a companion to the 12-foot skeleton it began selling in 2020.