Skip to comments.Halloween decoration fools 911 caller
Posted on 10/04/2011 5:44:58 AM PDT by lwd
A passing motorist on Organ Church Road called 911 Monday morning after seeing what appeared to be a bloody body pinned under a lawn mower.
But authorities quickly learned that the body was actually a graphic Halloween decoration placed near the road by a neighbor.
It wasnt too long after we dispatched a call that we found out it was a Halloween decoration, said 911 center shift supervisor Autumn Davis.
The attention-grabbing gag, set up in the yard at 3475 Organ Church Road near Rockwell, wasnt surrounded by any other Halloween decorations on Monday. The set-up depicts a body with bloodstained jeans trapped under the blades of a riding lawn mower, with a can of beer in its hand.
Chris Deaton, the man behind the mower, said this is his second year with the decoration, and said he did it because it got great reviews last year.
Its cool for a Halloween ornament, he said.
Deaton said he hadnt been contacted by authorities or passing motorists, but he didnt think the decoration was offending anyone.
He got the idea from someone elses yard, Deaton said, while traveling to the beach one year.
Last year, Deaton kept the mower closer to the house, so only those on his driveway could see it.
This year, though, he wanted to try it closer to the road.
Deaton said he hasnt put any other Halloween decorations around the mower because he figures its going to get stolen and he doesnt want anything else taken.
Thats the only thing its good for, Deaton said about the mower, which no longer has a working motor in it.
Its probably going to be stolen and sold for scrap metal, he said.
I’m surprised a SWAT team didn’t show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice.
I despise Halloween.
Why is that even a consideration?
It used to be fun.
My mother called it “the devil’s holiday”, even 30 years ago, and it has seriously gotten to be just that.
I don’t enjoy it a bit anymore. Our church has a “fall bonfire” for all the families to attend, and it is a good time.
Halloween is evil, and this is just one of the reasons. People who “decorate” like this need to be fined for creating a public nuisance, faking an emergency situation, or whatever.
I remember a story last year or the year before, about an actual dead body that was ignored because people just assumed it was a Halloween decoration.
Curious as to whether FReepers think this type of display is okay and whether they would be equally okay if someone were to set up a displaying portraying graphic sex in their front yard.
Isn’t the bleedin’ holiday 4 weeks away? Some people need to grow up and get a life.
So you'd be okay if someone put up a display of graphic sex in their front yard?
It also reminds me of the Sarah Palin effigy and the discussion we had about that in 2008.
I’m right there with you. I don’t know what happened to the little kids holiday it used to be. (im almost 50) Now it is a demonic drunken brawl. Count me out.
“People who decorate like this need to be fined for creating a public nuisance...”
IMHO, if it is this man’s property then he should be allowed to decorate how he wants. Do I like the decoration? No, it isn’t my cup of tea (we stick to pumpkins, Indian corn, hay bales etc). I may have agreed with your disdain up until about five years ago when several neighbors complained to our Civic Association that “manger” scenes shouldn’t be displayed on front lawns. It “offended” some liberal Jewish families/Atheists families. Once the door opens and someone slams their foot into it and regulated Halloween... believe me, Christmas and Easter will be next.
I hope you removed all the scratchy bark from that stick.
Im surprised a SWAT team didnt show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice.
And shoot his dog. You forgot that part.
Whatever happened to witches, ghosts and goblins? How did Halloween come to be a day to celebrate knife-wielding serial killers?
You forgot "shoot the dog" and "taser Grandma"... ;-)
“Whatever happened to witches, ghosts and goblins?”
There is a % of the population that wants those decorations banned as well. I see it as “to each his own” moment. No, I don’t like realistic looking decorations like this (and we wouldn’t trick or treat at this house). However, he owns the property and pays the taxes on it. It isn’t any different to me then a neighbor who puts a noose on a tree. He got a visit from the local cops who said it was “racially offensive”. Thought police start with small incidents and then they go wild with restrictions IMHO.
I get a kick out of halloween, it’s cool driving around to see the neat creativity people do around their houses. Not far from me a guy decorates his entire yard and top of his house each year. What I can’t figure out is where he stores all his stuff. His theme is usually a toxic waste facility with marked 50 gallon drums and zombies.....LOL!
As it is currently celebrated, Halloween is the perfect liberal holiday. What other holiday features the unilateral giving of gifts with the implied threat of violence?
And, another liberal facet: the celebration of the ability to act irresponsibly without consequences by concealing your identity.
I'm confused. What does graphic sex have to do with Halloween?
Same here...hate it. Especially the obligatory work parties and costume contests. People just get weird and stupid. One year, one of the HR people dressed as a pregnant nun. How is this ok in the new ‘diverse and open’ workplace?
What does a guy getting run over by a lawn tractor have to do with Halloween?
And burn the house to the ground
“Im surprised a SWAT team didnt show up and raid his home followed by charges of inducing panic and obstruction of justice”
Oh and shoot his dog!
MomToThree is a better conservative than most of those on this site. Too many freepers are just fine w/ censorship, intolerance & govt restrictions on liberty as long as their expressions, displays & religious beliefs aren’t the ones targeted.
Are you being serious? That’s a nice strawman decoration you got there.
:::sigh::: It has to do with putting whatever you feel like on public display even if it is in your own yard. (But I suspect you know that.)
So. . .if you are okay with this display because it is on the homeowner's property, would you also be okay with a display of graphic sex?
I can see why a concerned person called authorities; I imagine it looks somewhat realistic as one is driving by. Not my idea of Halloween decor, and wouldn’t take my kids to that house. But it’s the guy’s choice how he decorates his own yard.
It should be a safety display all summer, don't drink a six pack before getting on the mower.
I’m “OK” with it because it’s Halloween.
You haven’t seen the movies, obviously! ;-P
Halloween has become the holiday of “disturbing”. What used to be a masquerade is now a gore-fest.
Since you're not, is it safe to assume you would also be opposed santa and frosty the snowman lawn ornaments during December?
Since I'm not what?
If you are asking if I am in favor of people putting graphic displays in their front yard for all to see, the answer is no. I'm also not in favor of government dictating what a person can display on their own property.
I AM in favor of neighbors banding together to set such an idiot straight.
So how about you?
So since it is Halloween, your neighbor can put up a graphic display of sex as long as it is between two people with pointy black hats on. Got it.
I have seen how a small “restriction” turns into a massive one, RC51! Think about it... years back, work places started restricting smoking inside. Most (including me) were in favor of that. However, it didn’t take THAT long to have smoking restricted from apartments, parks, on school property, hospital property, beaches, parking lots etc... That is just one example of many on how the “frog” was initially put into the pot. I know firsthand how HEATED our civic association meeting became over religious manger scenes. Typical liberal/PC words like, “insensitive, intolerant, separation of Church and state, blah, blah, blah were used. One neighbor actually wanted an “agreement” that only white lights/candles could be used in the windows and NO CHRISTMAS TREE should be visible to the public via a window.
This isn’t the only example that I have witnessed. A nearby Baptist Church displays (once a year) small, white crosses on its lawn to represent the nameless, aborted babies. The PUBLIC OUTRAGE used the same terms: insensitive, intolerant, separation of Church and state etc. My point is even if a display on private property isn’t something WE like or would do, if enough people want a RESTRICTION then whatever you use will be up to scrutiny. The Halloween prop dummy under a lawnmower will quickly turn into all manger scenes, crosses, Christmas trees etc... within a short amount of time. IMHO.
Great post Mom to Three.
The same so-called Conservatives will howl when Nativities and Menorahs are outlawed but it’s fine for them to advocate banning Halloween displays. I know, I know, Halloween is Satanic and Christmas is quite the opposite. Right. It doesn’t matter.
Who cares if he puts this silly decoration out at any time of year? Although I suspect that if the authorities keep getting called they might have grounds to start charging for false alarms, kind of like if a house alarm keeps going off.
I’m with you. Everyone in town knows we try to make our house the scariest, so they all bring their kids. We don’t do anything ‘graphic’. Fog coming out a caldron with skulls in it and spooky music. A skeletal guy in the darkened 2nd floor window with a cape and flowing robes and a strobe light. A trash can that has a hydraulic monster that jumps up when I hit the button. But the thing the kids like most is my husband comes from around the back of the house to chase them away in his gorilla suit. They know it’s coming and still get scared. And the times he couldn’t do it, they were disappointed and asked about it. Last year we really freaked them out, because we had TWO gorillas. The next morning I have to go out and pick up all the spilled candy from the kids running away. LOL!
What is your hang up with sex? It has nothing to do with Halloween. It had nothing to do with the article posted. What it is is a massive straw man built around your own obsession. For God’s sake man, get a grip.
one is predominantly considered “scary” and one just obscene.
the latter probably also has local and/or state obscenity laws against it unless you’re in San Francisco.
Oh, I agree. If it was me, I would figure if one person thought it was real then more would. Why burden law enforcement with coming to the house repeatedly. People who want to avoid Halloween for religious reasons can go to their Church for a “Harvest” celebration or simply not answer their door to trick or treaters. I know several religions do that and I support their choice and faith. However, I wish they would support a person’s definition of fun by hanging up a ghost or allowing their kids to trick or treat.
Halloween IMHO is not satanic. A person is satanic in their actions and deeds. More satanism occurs everyday... in ONE day at the local abortion clinic than in any Halloween display. A clinic with painted white walls and gleaming floors contains more evil than any holiday prop. (may be a side note but that is how I feel)
“Everyone in town knows we try to make our house the scariest...”
Those who want a good scare, come to your house. Those who object can stay home or go to another house. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to “object” to your spooky music or your gorilla. (wish I lived near you... we’d come!)
I’m amazed at the number of posters in favor of censoring this.
Did somebody change the web site to Uptight-Stick-In-The-Mud-God-Forbid-Someone-Have-Fun Republic while I wasn’t looking?
It’s my birthday
It was fun as a child
Our local Wally World has had rows upon rows of candy and 'decorations' up since Labor Day......and yesterday, I saw that one end of the store is all Christmas gear.
This looks somewhat familiar ping.