As well as catching the eye of local residents, one artist has succeeded in calling the attention of the police by his extremely realistic looking Halloween display outside his home.
Texas resident Steven Novak decided to go all out for Halloween this year and did so by painting the town – well the outside of his house – red… with plenty of fake blood.
East Dallas neighbours have been left both disturbed and nauseated by the display outside of the artist’s home, which looks like a scene you would expect in a Crime Scene Investigation episode.
With 20 gallons of fake blood to splash around the scene, a dummy with a pulverised head, a binbag-wrapped dunny and one other unlucky dummy that’s been nailed down by a safe, Steven found that he continually had police knocking at his door about the neighbours that had been freaked out by the eerie scene.
Steven told the Dallas Observer: “I’ve always been up to high jinks like flying ghosts or seven-foot-tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal.
“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.”
Fortunately for Steven, the officers who turned up at his door were not there to tell him off. Instead, they said “they thought it was cool” and simply had to follow procedure by following up the complaints.
Of course, Steven’s version of a haunted house hasn’t exactly taken into consideration child sensitivity. Yet when one child passed by, he simply told them the dummies had “ate too many Skittles.”
He said: “I’m most proud of the wheelbarrow tipped over by the street full of Hefty bags, looking like a failed attempt to dispose of the dismembered bodies in the middle of the night.
“A kid walked by and asked me what happened to them; I said they ate too many Skittles.”
Although it can be pretty tiresome pouring tons of blood across your garden and stuffing dummies to gore them all up, Steven plans on going even further next year with his Halloween display.
He commented: “Honestly, though, I think I could’ve used more. [My plans] were way worse on paper. Next year, though!”
Featured Image Credit: Steven Novak