There's always that one house on every block - the house that is obviously owned by neighbors who are loving Halloween just a little too hard. There's coffins with severed limbs hanging out of them. There's smoke machines, scary music, spider webs, and bloody handprints.
They've got the scariest decorations every year, but at what point are they going TOO far?
This is the debate going on in the community of Parma, Ohio, when one house was pressured into taking down all of their Halloween decorations as locals deemed them 'too scary' for public display.
Above is the front lawn of the residence just a few days before the decorations were taken down. The display included dummies soaked in fake blood, bound with rope, impaled on upside-down crosses, or with their throat stabbed with prop syringes. This is the third year the owners used these decorations - however, the first time they received complaints.
Local parents stressed concern that this house was far too close to a local elementary school, but house owner Vicki Barrett has young children herself, both of whom were never very scared of her decorations because she taught them that they were just props:
"When we put up the display, I don't think we even considered that there was a school there. I think as parents, if my kids were going to that school or if I was someone in the neighborhood, I would just teach my children that this is a Halloween display, and I thought other parents would have done the same."
Now that she has taken the decorations down, she has decided not to redecorate at all - not even placing a pumpkin out on her step, adding that that's "not the way [they] want to express" their enthusiasm for Halloween.
So now I want to know:
Do you guys think that scary Halloween decorations should be censored or regulated at all? Or do you think that it is the parents' responsibility to teach children that they aren't real?
As a huge Halloween fan, I'm really interested in hearing what you all might have to say on the subject. (Personally, I can see both sides of the argument!)