FACT CHECK: Spirit Halloween 9/11-Themed Costume Is Satirical, Not Genuine

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on TikTok allegedly shows a Spirit Halloween family costume titled “Never Forget” with two adults dressed as the Twin Towers and a child as an airplane. 

@mattxshaver TikTok took this down so I’m posting it again… #halloween #neverforget #911 #parody ♬ original sound – Matt Shaver

Verdict: False

This is not a real Spirit Halloween costume. The video was posted by a satirical account.

Fact Check: 

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A TikTok user named Matt Shaver posted a video allegedly showing a Halloween costume based off the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A Spirit Halloween store banner can be seen behind Shaver as he walks in the parking lot with the alleged costume.

“Okay, so I just left Spirit Halloween, and can somebody tell me why I was able to buy this costume?” Shaver says. “Is that the Twin Towers? And the plane? You gotta be kidding me!” The video’s description reads, “TikTok took this down so I’m posting it again… #halloween #neverforget #911 #parody.”

Despite the “parody” hashtag, some people in the video’s comments believed the costume to be genuine, saying, “That’s real?!?!” and “the way my jaw DROPPED.” (RELATED: Did An Off-Duty Pentagon Cop Give Fentanyl To Children During Halloween?)

No such Spirit Halloween costume exists, however. The TikTok user’s bio reads, “Comedy, jokes, & satire.”  Furthermore, a search on Spirit Halloween’s website reveals no results for a “Never Forget” family costume. Shaver confirmed in the comment section, “y’all it’s a joke.”

“The video is in fact satire. That was not a genuine Spirit Halloween costume,” Shaver told Check Your Fact via email.

Drew Griffiths, Divisional Vice President for Marketing & Social Media at Spirit Halloween and Spencer’s, also confirmed the costume was not real in an email to Check Your Fact.

“This is not a costume Spirit Halloween has or ever will sell,” Griffiths stated. “We do not condone this parody or representation of our brand in any way.”

UPDATE: This article has been updated with comment from Spirit Halloween/Spencer’s and Shaver. The verdict remains unchanged.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter