An artist’s Halloween decorations are so frighteningly realistic that the police were called.
Steven Novak, who lives in Dallas, used nearly 24 gallons of fake blood to create a faux crime scene in his front garden.
The decor shows “murdered” bodies, dismembered limbs and huge amounts of blood.
One dummy’s head was caved in while another has a chainsaw sticking out of it.
A third is wrapped in bin bags and duct tape.
Blood runs down the porch stairs and onto the path and another dummy is impaled with a knife to the head.
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Steven claims that the local Dallas Police Department praised the realism of his Halloween crime scene.
The cops often patrol the area due to the calls of concerned residents.
He told the Observer: “Neighbours told me cop cars were in front of my house a lot during the day.
“I was only home twice to receive them.
“They told me they thought it was cool and that they were only there because they were required to reply to complaints from the sergeant.”
He continued: “I’ve always been up to high jinks like flying ghosts or 7-foot-tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal.
“No lights, fog machine, or camp…something that would really freak people out walking by in the dark.
“So I whipped up some dummies and slung 20 gallons of blood all over.”
The artist is most proud of his wheelbarrow filled with spare limbs.
It’s supposed to look like a failed attempt to cover up a murder.
So far, despite the complaints, Steven isn’t deterred from constructing another scene next year.
He said: “Honestly, though, I think I could’ve used more.
“[My plans] were way worse on paper. Next year, though.”
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