PARMA, Ohio –For some, Halloween isn’t just about princess costumes and an excess of sugary sweets.
Halloween enthusiasts all over the country await the first day of October the same way many count down the days ’til Christmas, and they celebrate accordingly by displaying the spookiest, goriest decorations they can find.
One family in Parma, Ohio did just that — with lifelike humans, covered in blood, hanging from trees in their front yard. While the frightening display is sure to be heralded by the growing community of Halloween worshippers, there’s just one big problem: the home sits less than a block away from the Dentzler Elementary School.
“I felt scared ’cause I thought they were real people,” a 9-year-old girl told WOIO in Cleveland.
Parents and neighbors are bothered by the graphic display, saying it’s too close to a school attended by young children, WOIO reported. But, Parma officials say there’s nothing they can do about the display because it represents freedom of expression.
The homeowners, who have a 2-year-old and special needs teenager themselves, said the display was all in good fun.
“We don’t want to scare kids,” Vicki Barrett told WOIO, adding that they would tone down the decorations if they receive complaints. So far, they haven’t, she said.
Maybe next year they’ll go with ghost and pumpkin decor instead.