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Terrifying Halloween Decorations Cause Neighbors to Call 911

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When I was a kid there were a bunch of new houses being built along my paper route and one morning when I was delivering papers, I noticed a man trapped in the chimney of one of the houses. I was so shaken up and screaming that the man needed help and so my Mom called the police.

It turns out that there wasn’t really a person stuck in the chimney. One of the constriction workers thought it’d be funny to stage a mannequin so that it looked like someone fell into the chimney. Even though it wasn’t real, it took a long time for me to be able to walk by the house without being scared.

Johnnie Mullins of Mustang, Oklahoma did something similar when he set up two fake, bloodied bodies in his driveway as part of a Halloween prank, but it seems his neighbors didn’t find it so funny. One neighbor was apparently so spooked by the bodies that she called 911.

Johnnie said that when police officers and firefighters responded to the call, they were nice about it and told him he wasn’t doing anything illegal. Johnnie thinks his neighbors are overreacting and that his decorations are all in good fun. “It’s Halloween. I don’t think it’s too far,” he said. He’s since added another body to his display.

I think if you were to see Johnnie’s decorations, you might question if they’re really appropriate to have in a neighborhood where small children can see them.  See the decorations here.

What do you think? Is there such thing as going too far with Halloween decorations or is it fair game in the spirit of the holiday?

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