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Should Halloween Decorations Be Censored?
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!)
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@deenie @melissamae but also the cross was originally used for hanging up criminals and torturing them.....
2 years ago·Reply
@RavenWilde that’s a really great point you made! that parents can help their children learn and know that these things aren’t real. and that other families don’t mind helping build up children instead of just scare them. I think people genuinely want to help, but free expression is also important!
2 years ago·Reply
Personally, I agree with @jokes when he says that it's a combination of parents educating their kids and residents being a bit mindful of others around them.
2 years ago·Reply
I think that's jacked. halloween and the act of decorating for it have been tradition for years. if you're going to raise your kids on a scary holiday, don't be a bitch because someone else is having more fun. by complaining instead of teaching you ruin the fun for every one. halloween doesn't really happen anymore where I'm from. we don't get trick or treaters anymore, no houses ate decorated and it's so depressing all because someone didn't have the spirit of the scare. how ever I can agree with some of it being inappropriate at least the part with upside down crosses... it's disrespectful to a huge group of people, however it should be on the parents who don't teach their kids and still complain.
2 years ago·Reply
I think it comes from a place of instinct and protection, parents tend to want to do everything to protect their kids and don’t really understand the implications or if it is really protecting or harming the other person. haha I think that’s why they “complain” but then again I’ve never been a parent so I’m not sure... lol. @Fenrisulfur101
2 years ago·Reply