It makes sense, though. As a child, whose house would be the most memorable after a long day of trick-or-treating? Most likely the one with the absolute scariest Halloween décor.
Johnnie Mullins, a dad from Mustang, Okla., was definitely looking to be the most frightening house on the block, and honestly he probably won.
Mullins, father of two, decided it would be a good idea to put two dead bodies in the front of his house. Not real bodies, of course; he used dummies. One of the dummies was being smashed by his truck and the other was lying down in front of the garage with the sign “you’re next” right above it; both had fake blood smeared on them as well.
A lady driving by thought a crime had been committed and dialed 911 to get the cops over at the scene as soon as possible. However, when the cops arrived, they realized it was not actually a crime scene and they did not order Mullins to take down the decorations.
Mullins told CNN he had been in a car accident last year and was unable to put up decorations, and figured he’d either “go big or go home.”
“I was just trying to scare people. That’s what I like to do,” he explained to New York Daily News. “It’s Halloween. I don’t think it’s too far.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Mullins told the Associated Press that she got the idea for the macabre scene from the social media site Pinterest. She used her husband’s work clothes for stuffing of the dummies and also filled the entire yard with spider webs, skeletons, crosses and RIP signs.
“People think we went too far, and you know, we’re devil worshippers and we must not be Christian- folk,” the mother stated. “They’ve said all kinds of stuff. But we’re normal. We love Jesus. We celebrate Halloween.”
Jennifer Mullins also explained that she did not think the 911 call was necessary. “I’d probably put two and two together, seeing the decorations in the front yard and then seeing the bodies and then think, ‘Oh, it’s Halloween,’” she said.
I personally am not a fan of these Halloween decorations for certain reasons. First of all, if a child were to pass by and see this, how would they react to it? Young children may not understand that the decorations are not actual dead bodies and might be startled by them. I know I would have been as a child. Yet, I was never the most enthusiastic about Halloween.
When I was younger, I was trick-or-treating in my cousin’s neighborhood and there was “that one haunted house” that everyone was talking about. We decided to go to it and one of the people who lived in the house dressed up in some extremely scary (I want to say clown) costume. It just kept staring at me and then walking toward me. So, I just ran back to my cousin’s house and that was the end of that.
I know if I was a child and saw dead bodies lying around, I would most definitely not go trick-or-treating there.
Yes, Halloween is a time to frighten people as much as possible, but sometimes people take it a little too far. I am sure tons of people actually did enjoy the decorations; I am just not one of those people. Sorry, Mullins family.
Christina Danno is a senior English and philosophy major as well as a copyeditor and columnist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.