Gory Dallas Halloween Display Prompts Multiple Police Visits, Concern
Ahh, the classic spooky season decorations -- jack-o-lanterns, plastic black cats, cloth ghosts, and mangled, battered and bloody corpses strewn across your front yard in various states of decay? This year, Dallas-based artist, Steven Novak, decided to bring his home's Halloween decor to another level -- level 11, to be specific -- creating a gory scene on his front lawn complete with multiple fake dead bodies dying gruesome deaths, prompting concern from neighbors and multiple visits from local police.
"I've always been up to hijinks like flying ghosts or 7-foot tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal," Novak told the Dallas Observer of his display that includes one figure impaled by a chainsaw, another with a head crushed by a safe, and another dismembered and stored in a wheelbarrow. "No lights, fog machine, or camp ... something that would really freak people out walking by in the dark. So I whipped up some dummies and slung 20 gallons of blood all over." I guess that's one way to get into the Halloween spirit.