Man's gory Halloween display prompts multiple police calls

A corpse draped off the edge of the roof. A wheelbarrow filled with body parts. Blood everywhere


By Theresa Braine
New York Daily News

DALLAS — It’s a horrific scene: Bodies strewn across the front lawn, impaled with various objects. A corpse draped off the edge of the roof. A wheelbarrow filled with body parts. Blood everywhere.

Although the gory spectacle has sent more than one resident of East Dallas running to summon police, artist Steven Novak said it’s all in good fun — and Halloween hyperbole.

“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,” the display’s mastermind told the Dallas Observer. “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.”

So realistic is the macabre display that neighbors keep calling the cops — who obligingly show up.

“Neighbors told me cop cars were in front of my house a lot during the day,” he told the Observer, in a spooky echo of a fiery Halloween display in California that has netted several calls to local authorities there. “I was only home twice to receive them. They told me they thought it was cool and that they were only there because they were required to reply to complaints from the sergeant.”

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