Politically-charged Halloween statements have seldom been successful in the past – and this one is proving no different.
A family in New Jersey have upset some in the community of Butler for decorating their home with what they say is an ‘anti-ISIS‘ theme, using a hanging mannequin representing a United States soldier and a terrorist standing nearby wearing a mask of President Obama and brandishing a machete.
Behind the scene is a depiction of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh in a cage. He was horrifically burned alive by ISIS after being captured following the shooting down of his jet fighter earlier this year.
While some neighbors have called the set-up ‘tasteless and un-American’, the homeowner said that real horror is more frightening than fake.
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The most intense part of the gruesome display is what appears to be a US soldier, wrapped in an American flag, hanging from the front tree with a plastic bag around the head
At the back of the set-up is a tortured prisoner locked up in a cage. The homeowner says that real horror is better than the fake stuff at Halloween, which is still three weeks away
‘We in this house do not like ISIS,’ the homeowner, who asked that he only be identified as Matt, told NJ.com.
‘What greater scary man is there than the real threat among us?’
However neighbors do not agree.
AlexJo Natale, who lives across the street, said Halloween is for children – not for adults to be controversial.
‘I think it’s tasteless and un-American,’ she said.
‘Like it or not, Halloween is now viewed as a kids’ holiday.
‘That’s not (a house) I would think a lot of parents would want their kids trick or treating at.’
Matt said his decorations have been vandalized since gaining media attention.
He has put a ski mask on the dummy instead of Obama, but says he plans to ‘kick it up a notch’ now that the reactions have been so passionate.
But Matt is not the only Halloween fan courting controversy.
A front yard in Ohio is upsetting just as many for the gruesome fake corpses strewn all over.
Even though Halloween is more than three weeks away, the yard – in Parma – already contains a cocooned corpse hanging from a tree, a body impaled on a stake and a cadaver upside down on a cross.
This scene in the front yard of a home in Parma, Ohio, is also creating controversy because it is gruesome
Even though the yard is close to Dentzler Elementary School, a family has still installed this impeded body
Some say the family is just having fun and their decorations are appropriate, but others are offended by them
Although some have have said the horrific decor is too much for Halloween, others maintain that the family is just having fun and their decorations are appropriate, according to Cleveland 19.
Social media users took to Twitter to weigh in on the issue.
One man said: ‘They are fine.
‘It’s Halloween have a little fun with it people need to get a backbone for gosh sakes #3Halloween.’
Another gentleman said: ‘They are decorations.
‘That’s it! People need to get a life and not blow everything out of proportion.’
Others did not agree and said the decorations went ‘too far’ and they were not fans of the family.
People have complained to the city about the display, but Parma officials said there is nothing they can do because the family has a right to freedom of expression, Local 12 reported.
Vicki Barrett and her husband may ‘tone it down’ if they find out that children are being frightened.
Then again, they might not.