Violent Halloween Display of Mutilated Bodies Sparks Multiple Police Visits

A Texas artist prompted multiple complaints and police visits over a gruesome Halloween display in his front yard.

Steven Novak scattered fake bodies and fake blood outside his East Dallas home to celebrate the October 31 holiday.

In pictures and footage posted to Facebook, several dummies can be seen strewn across Novak's front yard in what looks like a scarily realistic scene.

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Steven Novak's realistic Halloween crime scenes has apparently prompted several visits from police. Steven Novak

One dummy's head looks like it has exploded, with blood sprayed from the epicentre. Others have been stuffed into bloodied trash bags.

One has been pinned to the roof with a weapon through its head while zombies appear to be trying to break through a window from inside a house.

Novak told The Dallas Observer that his decorations have brought police to the house multiple times after complaints from the sergeant.

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Steven Novak said the police had visited his house several times after he created the realistic crime scene to mark Halloween. Steven Novak

Newsweek has contacted Novak for comment and the Dallas Police Department to verify that officers visit the home.

What the artist said

Novak told the local newspaper how he came up with the idea and created the scary Halloween display.

He said: "I've always been up to hijinks 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."

Novak told the newspaper that he is most proud off the tipped-over wheelbarrow full of trash bags to look like "a failed attempt to dispose of the dismembered bodies in the middle of the night."

He said: "A kid walked by and asked me what happened to them; I said they ate too many Skittles."

The artist also explained the painstaking task of keeping the display covered in blood as rain kept washing it away.

He said: "I indefatigably 'watered' the bodies every morning for a while to the dismay of early dog walkers and joggers saying as they passed 'Watering the bodies!'"

But the realistic display also prompted visits from officers, Novak said, adding that neighbors told him police cars had been outside his house during the day.

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Steven Novak said police came to visit his house several times due to his realistic Halloween crime scene. Steven Novak

He said: "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.

"They were in formation at the door and when I opened it they asked me if it was all mine. I asked, 'You mean the blood and the bodies? Yeah, that's me.'"

"Honestly, though, I think I could've used more. [My plans] were way worse on paper. Next year though!"

Update 10/28/20, 7.51 a.m. ET: This article was updated with photos from Steven Novak's display.